TEXT: John 7:25-30
25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?
26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.
29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 88.
Ray Stedman said, “We are not even remotely aware of how much of our lives are spent in believing lies, fantasies and false philosophies that are without foundation in fact. But our Lord understands. When he speaks the truth, he upsets people because they would rather believe a pleasant and enjoyable lie.”
As Jesus continues speaking at the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, you can sense the confusion among the audience. Some people, particularly those who are not from Jerusalem, like Jesus and are open to His message. Others dislike Jesus and think He should be silenced or at least brought in line. The Jewish religious leaders hate Jesus and want Him dead.
Many people, however, don’t know what to think. Their reaction is expressed in verse 25: “Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?” They were perplexed because although the religious leaders had expressed their desire to get rid of Jesus, here He was teaching in their presence and they neither said nor did anything to stop Him. The people said, “Lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?” Some scholars suggest the people thought that the only reason why the leaders would not act against Jesus was because they had secretly come to believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah and so they dared not touch Him.
This prompted even more uncertainty among the crowd: They said, “Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.” Most Jews of that time believed that the Messiah would come on the scene suddenly, without announcement. They based this belief on the preaching of Malachi who wrote that the Anointed One would come suddenly to the Temple. The Jewish people believed that they knew where Jesus came from — He was Jesus of Nazareth, Mary and Joseph’s son; of course He can’t be the Messiah.
Jesus, knowing that the people were having this debate amongst themselves, highlighted the irony of their beliefs. He says, “Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am.” The point here is that they don’t really know where Jesus has come from — or at least they refuse to believe it. Jesus continues, “I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.”
Jesus renews His claim of a direct connection to God the Father. In the Jews’ eyes, His words were a two-pronged offense.
First, Jesus was again claiming to be divine — in the very Temple of God. By stating that He came from God, He was not merely asserting Himself as a human representative of God. Rather, He was asserting that He was of a divine nature Himself. The Greek word translated “from” — as in “I come from the Father” — is a “preposition indicating close proximity.” It literally means, “from beside.” We know this to be true because after His mission on earth was complete, Jesus returned to His throne on the right hand of God.
The second offense that the Jews found in Jesus’ words was His claim that they did not know the Father. Jesus says that those who considered themselves the keepers and defenders of the Law did not even know the God who gave them the Law. If they did, they would have undoubtedly received Jesus as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.
These words spurred the religious leaders into action. The Bible says, “Then they sought [or made plans] to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.” One might think that if Jesus did not intend to allow Himself to be arrested at the moment, He would have ceased to repeatedly antagonize the Jewish leaders. However, we must understand that antagonism was not Jesus’ purpose. He did not seek to make people angry or make people hate Him. He simply spoke the truth, and the truth made them angry. As President Harry Truman said, “I don’t give ’em hell. I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell.’
Today, there are a multitude of people who believe lies about God, about the world, and about themselves. Some have deluded themselves into thinking that God is nonexistent, that this world is all there is, and that they can be righteous in and of themselves. If you tell some of these people the truth, they will become angry with you.
Jesus spoke the truth knowing that some people would hate Him and reject His message. And that is the same frankness that the Gospel gives people today: It tells us that we are sinners, that we are on our way to Hell, but that God sent His Son to save us. The choice you must make is whether you will believe that message and trust Jesus Christ as saviour.
If you are ready to believe on Jesus Christ — the Way, the Truth, and the Life — as your Lord and Savior, here is how:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.