HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”
This scene—Jesus teaching in the temple during the feast—had created a very volatile situation. There were many different attitudes and mindsets present that day. There were those who questioned the authority and motives of the Jewish leadership: “Why do they not do something? Do they know that He is really the Christ?” There were also those who could not be convinced that Jesus was the Christ: “When the Christ comes, no one will know where He is from.” There were those who believed on Him because of the signs (miracles) that He had performed. And then there were the Jewish leaders, whose anger reached a boiling point as they tried to lay hands on Him and take Him—no doubt, to kill Him. But despite all the confusion, all the questions, all the varying opinions and ideas, notice that God’s will and purpose still reigned supreme. Why did no one lay a hand on Him? “Because His hour had not yet come.” God’s plan was for Jesus to die at the appointed time and in the appointed way. This was not it. It continues to be true today that, despite varying attitudes and mindsets regarding Christ, the plan and purpose of God will reign supreme.
Looking forward, what is God’s plan and purpose?
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