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Jul 13th, 2022
By: Matthew Sink
The Gospel of John-Day 28

John 7:14-31 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well? Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” Can This Be the Christ? 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?”

Can this man be the Christ? Everything hinges on that question: Who is Jesus? If Jesus is not who He claims to be, then the religious leaders were right. He was leading the people astray should be soundly rejected. But if Jesus is the Christ, as He claimed to be, that changes everything. He must be followed, and obeyed, and Worshipped.

17 If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. Jesus says that the test of belief is whether a person is focused on pleasing God or pleasing Himself. A person who lives for God looks at Jesus and sees the full revelation of God-Almighty. The person who lives for anything else naturally turns away from God, and rejects Jesus. After all, to accept the divinity of Jesus means to give yourself to Him.

So, in the end, everything comes to this question – “Who is Jesus?” A person who answers this question correctly has everything, even if he has nothing. A person who stumbles over this question has nothing, even if he has everything. Jesus claims to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life – the only path to Heaven. Will you trust Him? Will you follow Him?