John Lesson 11 Day 3 ~ John 7:14-39
5- Jesus teaches at the festival.
“The Jews were impressed, but puzzled: “How does he know so much without being schooled?” John 7:15 MSG
I have not learned in your schools, but am uttering the thoughts that come from an infinitely deeper source. “He who sent me” gave them to me. I have been in intimate communion with HIM. All that I say is Divine thought. I have drawn it all from the Lord of all. I came from him, and represent to you the will of God. This is a lofty prophetic claim, more urgent, more complete, than that made by Moses or Isaiah. Special messages, oracles, and burdens were delivered by the prophets with a “Thus saith the Lord.” But Jesus says his thoughts are God’s thoughts, his ways God’s ways, his teachings not his own, but altogether those of him who sent him. (Pulpit Commentary)
6- a. John 7: 21-23
In John 7:21, scholars agree Jesus refers to the healing of the paralytic at Bethesda that occurred during his last visit to Jerusalem about eighteen months before. (John 5:2-15)
Jesus sums up the law this way:
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 NLT
Jesus spoke to a woman the Jews considered ceremonially unclean.
Exodus 20:8-10 The Sabbath law under Mosaic Covenant
“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. (NLT)
The sabbath day (which is here set before us as a standard of all ceremonies) was not appointed to hinder, but to further and practice God’s works, amongst which the main one is the love of our neighbor. (Geneva Study Bible)
b. Jesus’ main point – They were hypocrites!
They were angry (filled with bitter spleen)
…are you filled with bitter spleen against me because I made a man completely sound on a sabbath? Stop judging according to external appearance. But be judging the just judgment. John 7:23 (WuestNT)
Jesus was pointing out their hypocrisy. They prided themselves on keeping the Law, yet they were plotting murder in their hearts (1 John 3:15). Andrew Wommack
7- a. Jesus’ source of authority
John 1:1-5 Eternal, Divine, Creator
- Jesus existed before the earth’s creation.
- He was with God.
- And he was God.
- And he was the origin of all life.
So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. (NLT)
They said, “Where is this so-called Father of yours?” (MSG)
Jesus said, “You’re looking right at me and you don’t see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father.” (MSG)
Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!” (NLT)
The Father loves the Son and has given and entrusted all things into His hand. (AMP)
Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” (AMP)
Just as You have given Him power and authority over all mankind, [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him [to be His—permanently and forever]. (AMP)
Those listening to Jesus missed the truth of His identity because they only used their heads instead of discerning with their hearts.
They judged by mere appearances [superficially and arrogantly], and did not judge fairly, righteously, and correctly.
Don’t be nitpickers; use your head — and heart! — to discern what is right, to test what is authentically right. John 7:24 (MSG)
People today make the same mistake. Many also don’t recognize the convincing evidence — miracles and 353 fulfilled prophecies — that Jesus is the Son of God.
b. Authority of the believer
And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. Luke 9:1-2 (ESV)
Later, Jesus sent out 72 more.
“God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18 (MSG)
I’m not off the hook either.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12 (ESV)