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Asking Questions about Jesus       John 7:14-18, 25-31, 33-36      Oct. 27, 2013

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Introduction

       Perhaps more question have been asked about Him than any person who ever lived. I think He is the most intriguing figure of all history. It is amazing and somewhat amusing how some people who do not claim Him as their Lord want to talk about Him. Those of us who claim to love Him never tire of listening to stories , songs or sermons about Him. Amen? Amen!

 

1.   Asking Questions About Jesus’ . . Teachings. 7:14-18

       A.   The Background of Jesus’. . Training for His Teachings. 7:14-15

14 When the festival was already half over, Jesus went up into the temple complex and began to teach.

       15 Then the Jews were amazed and said, "How does He know the Scriptures, since He hasn't been trained?"

       B.   The Background of Jesus’. . Truth for His Teachings. 7:16-18

16 Jesus answered them, "My teaching isn't Mine but is from the One who sent Me.

       17 If anyone wants to do His will, he will understand whether the teaching is from God or if I am speaking

       on My own.

       18 The one who speaks for himself seeks his own glory. But He who seeks the glory of the One who sent

       Him is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

 

       Some of the people thought you could not be much of a teacher if you did not have the proper training. They did not know where Jesus received training. The Scriptural knowledge Jesus possessed amazed many people. Do you remember as a 12 year old boy he amazed the doctors in the temple. There is not a substitute for being well learned from the Scriptures. The truth of the teachings of Jesus comes from its source. Jesus told these people His teaching came from God the Father. When a teacher speaks with real spiritual power, wisdom and compassion a good observation will be God is involved. Jesus asked them to evaluate His teaching for He did not seek His own glory but the glory of the Father.

 

2.   Asking Questions About Jesus’ . . Truthfulness? 7:25-31 

       A.   The Background of Jesus’ Truthfulness and His . . Messiahship. 7:25-27

       25 Some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, "Isn't this the man they want to kill?

       26 Yet, look! He's speaking publicly and they're saying nothing to Him. Can it be true that the authorities

       know He is the Messiah?

       27 But we know where this man is from. When the Messiah comes, nobody will know where He is from."

       B.   The Background of Jesus’ Truthfulness and His . . Mannerisms and the Messiahship. 7:28-31

       28 As He was teaching in the temple complex, Jesus cried out, "You know Me and you know where I am

       from. Yet I have not come on My own, but the One who sent Me is true. You don't know Him;

       29 I know Him because I am from Him, and He sent Me."

       30 Then they tried to seize Him. Yet no one laid a hand on Him because His hour had not yet come.

       31 However, many from the crowd believed in Him and said, "When the Messiah comes, He won't perform

       more signs than this man has done, will He?"


       The people wanted to know if Jesus was really the Messiah. So they question whether He was the Messiah or not. They reasoned because none of the authorities were restraining Him, He might be the Messiah. Jesus knew how they reasoned and so He confronted there very thoughts. He accused these people of not knowing God. That was a serious accusation to make to a Jewish person because they felt like they were very special to God. That action by the Lord caused them to try and seize Him. At the same time there were some who believed in Jesus as the Messiah and made a commitment to Him. They reasoned reasonably as they thought, "When the Messiah comes, He won't perform more signs than this man has done, will He?" That was very good thinking and caused them to take the action of belief.

 

3.   Asking Questions About Jesus’ . . Travels. 7:33-36

       A.   The Background of Jesus’ Travels and His . . Destination. 7:33-34

       33 Then Jesus said, "I am only with you for a short time. Then I'm going to the One who sent Me.

       34 You will look for Me, but you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come."

 

       B.   The Background of Jesus’ Travels and The Question About The . . Dispersion. 7:35-36

       35 Then the Jews said to one another, "Where does He intend to go so we won't find Him? He doesn't

       intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, does He?

       36 What is this remark He made: 'You will look for Me, and you will not find Me; and where I am, you

       cannot come'?"


       Some of the people in the first century wanted Jesus to be with them forever. Most of the people did not understand how He could go away and they could not find Him. The way to see Jesus then and now remains the same as the only requirement boils down to believe and receive. His destination then and location now are the same. He is with the Father in heaven. During this time and before; the Dispersion referred to a route away from Jerusalem and to the GREEK speaking Jews. Jesus said He was going away and they could not come

because they were Asking Questions About Jesus but failed to make their commitment to Him. How about You? Amen? Amen!