John 7:14-32                            CVCC Handout                              12 September 2021

Jesus Was Untouchable Before His Time


            As Jesus drew closer to the time of His crucifixion, the people were often confused, having confidence in their leaders, but also seeing Jesus as unprecedented in His teaching and actions.


I. Teaching from God Exceeds Learned Teaching (vv. 14-19; Mal. 3:1).

A. When it was the midst of the feast Jesus went up to the temple, and began to teach.

B. The Jewish leaders were astonished at His teaching (Mk. 1:22), saying, “How has this man become learned, having never been educated?”

C. Jesus was teaching from the Father (Jn. 8:26, 38; Jas. 1:21-25).

    1. So Jesus answered them and said, My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
    2. If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching. (Heb. 5:12-14).

– Whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself (Ps. 119; II Tim. 2:15).

    1. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
    2. Did not Moses give you the Law? And yet none of you carries out the Law.

II. True or False Messiah (vv. 19b-27).

A. Jesus’ life was under threat (vv. 19b-20; Jn. 5:1-18). “Why do you seek to kill Me?”

– The crowd answered, You have a demon! Who seeks to kill You?

B. The Law was being applied inconsistently (vv. 21-24; Gen. 17:9-14, 23-27; Lev. 12:2-3).

    1. Jesus answered them, I did one deed, and you all marvel (Jn. 5:1-17).
    2. For this reason Moses has given you circumcision: not because it is from Moses, but from the fathers, and on the Sabbath you circumcise a man. If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?
    3. Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.

C. There was uncertainty about Jesus (vv. 25-27; Is. 9:1-7; Mic. 5:2-5a; Mt. 2:1-12).

    1. So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying: Is this not the man whom they are seeking to kill? Look, He is speaking publicly, and they are saying nothing to Him.
    2. The rulers do not really know that this is the Christ, do they?
    3. However, we know where this man is from (vv. 40-43; Jn. 6:42; 9:29).
    4. But whenever the Christ may come, no one knows where He is from.

III. Deciding What to Do with Jesus (vv. 28-32). 

A. Jesus came from dual locations (vv. 28-29).

    1. Jesus had earthly origins: Jesus cried out in the temple, teaching and saying: You both know Me and know where I am from.
    2. Jesus has eternal, unearthly origins: I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent Me.

B. They could not have what they wanted (v. 30): So they were seeking to seize Him; and no man laid his hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.

C. Still, many believed (vv. 31-32).

    1. But many of the crowd believed in Him; and they were saying, When the Christ comes, He will not perform more signs than those which this man has, will He?
    2. The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about Him.
    3. And the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to seize Him.


            Do we seek to obey the teaching of God’s word?  If we believe in Jesus and seek to do His will, we will study the word of God, apply it to our lives, and it will become increasingly clear to us