11.02.13 Jn. 7:25-36
THE JEWS DISCUSS ARRESTING JESUS
25 Some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Isn’t this the man they want to kill? 26 Yet, look! He’s speaking publicly and they’re saying nothing to Him. Can it be true that the authorities know He is the Messiah? 27 But we know where this man is from. When the Messiah comes, nobody will know where He is from.”
28 As He was teaching in the temple complex, Jesus cried out, “You know Me and you know where I am from. Yet I have not come on My own, but the One who sent Me is true. You don’t know Him; 29 I know Him because I am from Him, and He sent Me.”
30 Then they tried to seize Him. Yet no one laid a hand on Him because His hour had not yet come. 31 However, many from the crowd believed in Him and said, “When the Messiah comes, He won’t perform more signs than this man has done, will He?”
32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about Him, so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple police to arrest Him.
33 Then Jesus said, “I am only with you for a short time. Then I’m going to the One who sent Me. 34 You will look for Me, but you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
35 Then the Jews said to one another, “Where does He intend to go so we won’t find Him? He doesn’t intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, does He? 36 What is this remark He made:
‘You will look for Me, and you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come’”?
The public was becoming increasingly aware of rumors that a plot existed to kill Jesus and, consequently, tension was developing. They asked, “Isn’t this the man they want to kill?” Some probably believed that since Jesus was so immensely popular, His would-be murderers could not possibly succeed. Others no doubt wondered what kind of miracle Jesus would perform to prevent His arrest or assassination. Verse 35 clearly states that some thought He would escape to the Decapolis and teach there. That would make sense since He already had traveled to Tyre, and Sidon. Jesus, of course, fully realized He was on His way to Jerusalem to die – a concept that was beyond the imagination of anyone, especially the disciples.