Jesus Origin

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Confusion

Many Jews falsely understood that no one would know the origin or birthplace of the Messiah, and since they knew of Jesus’ origins, He could not be the Messiah. They knew where the Messiah would be born, but they also knew that His birth would be supernatural (Isa. 7:14). In other words, they would not know where He was from. The record states that Christ was born of the virgin Mary, but the Jews would not believe this.

Some of the local people were amazed at His bold public teaching. They knew of a plot to kill Him (vv. 25-26). Yet the leaders were not doing what they said they would do. Why? Had the authorities changed their minds? People were confused over the lack of leadership in the nation. They felt that if He was a deceiver, He should be locked up, or if He was the Messiah, they should accept Him.

The crowds assumed that Jesus was only a Galilean carpenter from the city of Nazareth. They also believed that the Messiah would be unknown until His public appearing (v. 27). A reader of the Gospels recognizes that Jesus is more than a Galilean; He was virgin-born in Bethlehem. Yet He was relatively unknown until after the Cross and the Resurrection.

Christ tells them He was sent from the Father and that if they knew the Father, they would know the Son (vv. 28-29). His enemies did not know Jesus or God (Matt. 11:27), Jesus knows the Father because of His origin (John 1:1, 14, 18) and mission in life. They knew where he had his birth, but they didn’t know from whom he came. It says twice that he was sent of his Father.

Application

I must accept Jesus fully or reject Him absolutely. There is no sitting on the fence.

John 7:25-29 (English Standard Version)

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."

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