Who is He, and Where did He Come From?

John 7:25-52

We have been looking at Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles, and in this post, we will pick up the story at verse 25, where John shifts the narrative to focus on the “the people of Jerusalem” which are those in attendance who are “hometown” attendees.  It would seem that at least some of them are aware of the plot afoot to kill Jesus.

Where the Messiah would come from is the subject of much discussion and speculation in this passage, and it is a very important question relating to the validation of Jesus in the eyes of many people.  Can a Messiah come from Galilee?  Would a Messiah come from anywhere in particular or must he come from Bethlehem?  After Jesus’ statement in 28-29, they want to seize Him, but are unable because His time had not yet come to die; the murmuring continues until the Chief Priest orders the temple guards to arrest Him. The question for us to ask is why? They were arguing among themselves about where the Messiah would come from; he should come from a place they don’t know about, but this guy came from Galilee; Jesus set them straight about where He really came from, and they want Him dead…?

Does that make sense?

The scene closes with Jesus’ remarks about where He will ultimately go; a place they will never be able to follow.  Again the speculation rages among the Jews; again they simply can’t seem to comprehend that He is talking about Heaven which is His ultimate destination.  Again, they are frustrated.

Jesus begins His discourse of the last day by telling the people about “living water” which John points out to us is a reference to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit beginning at Pentecost. This, however, is not the direction that the remaining text will take…

After Jesus spoke of living water, the text returns to the confusion amongst His hearers.  They can’t seem to figure out what He is telling them; rather they are more concerned about ancillary issues.

In verses 45-52, we come face-to-face with the overwhelming desire on the part of the priests and Pharisees to disbelieve Jesus.  It would appear that their only interest is in silencing Him…

It would appear that the great controversy of this passage is just who Jesus is, and that controversy is increased by the question of His origin. Jesus answered the question, giving them a place of origin that would also answer the whole Messiah question, yet it seems as though nobody was listening, for in truth, no one was. Certainly, the Jewish officials in the story should have been able to understand this riddle, for of all people, they were the experts in such things. Yet one thing is clear above all else, the Pharisees and priests didn’t want Jesus to be the Messiah, so they simply closed their minds.

I wonder if any of you can think of a parallel today.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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7 Responses to Who is He, and Where did He Come From?

  1. Pingback: Who is He, and Where did He Come From? — The Life Project | Talmidimblogging

  2. Steve B says:

    It is a pity that no one actually asked where Jesus was born. It seems obvious questions are not in order to ask.

    I cannot think of a parallel

  3. BelleUnruh says:

    My granddaughter, who was 9 or 10, and I watched the movie, “The Gospel of John.” Every word in John is in the movie.

    When the Pharisees said, “What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?” my granddaughter said, “I know what he meant.”

    We must be like little children, I guess. Children can discern the truth better than adults.

    I would say a parallel is when we don’t want to believe we are destroying the earth even though there is hard evidence that we are. Even God himself says the earth will wear out like a garment and he will destroy those who destroy the earth.

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  5. Mel Wild says:

    The Pharisees were ignorant on both accounts. They neither understood His heavenly destination nor that He was actually born in Bethlehem, because they didn’t want to know. Even his brothers didn’t get it, probably because of familiarity. The parallel, to me, is whenever someone doesn’t want to know the truth, wherever it may lead them, he or she will remain ignorant of the obvious whenever it’s contrary to their preconceived expectations. This refers back to Jesus’ statement in verse 17, being willing to do God’s will gives divine insight.

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