Division Over Who Jesus Is
Yesterday here at The Message, we heard a couple of principles applicable to our live
SEEK HIS GLORY
DO NOT JUDGE ONLY BASED ON WHAT YOU SEE
Before we take a look on how the incidents progressed— I’d like to refresh your memory about the strategy on how you should approach the Bible
RAPA— Read & Record— Ask the right questions— Pull out the timeless principles— Apply them in your life
Today, let’s do it this together— Open your Bible to John 7:25-32
Focus on your screen as I share with you my Bible
25 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? 27 But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” 28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.” 30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?” 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
WHAT: Division over who Jesus is
WHO: People of Jerusalem & Jesus
WHERE: In the Temple Courts
WHY: When the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from
HOW: When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?
WHEN: you have to back to the previous part of the story— in verse 14 it shows that this happened during the Festival of the Tabernacles [Tents to commemorate the exile of their ancestors from slavery in Egypt]
After you ask yourselves the right questions— the next thing you should to is to Pull out the timeless principles, to do that, guided by the answers to your questions, you need to interpret the passage, and that’s what we’re going to do now
We break the passage down into pieces, in doing so— ask yourselves these questions:
What does this passage show you about the CHARACTER of God?
Does this passage COMMAND anything? Is this command only for the original hearers, or for you as well?
Does this passage PROMISE anything? is this promise only for the original hearers, or for you as well?
Does this passage provide you with a GOOD EXAMPLE to follow or a BAD EXAMPLE to avoid?
Does this passage REMINDS YOU OF SIN to confess and repent from?
How does this passage challenge you?
How does this passage encourage you?
WHEN THE MESSIAH COMES NO ONE WILL KNOW WHERE HE IS FROM
Let me take you to Matthew 13:55 to understand where their confusion is coming from
YES YOU KNOW ME, AND YOU KNOW WHERE I AM FROM
Jesus affirmed that he is the person they know, but he came not on his own, but by the authority of the one who sent him, whom they do not know who
WHEN THE MESSIAH COMES, WILL HE PERFORM MORE SIGNS THAN THIS MAN?
The crowd was divided because Jesus performed signs [miracles]— and the most recent he did prior to this incident is when he healed the main that was lame for 38 years by the pool which in Aramaic is called Bethesda
I SHOULD KNOW THE FATHER TO UNDERSTAND THE SON