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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.
I must accept Jesus fully or reject Him absolutely. There is no sitting on the fence.
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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John 4:16-30It is not Where You Worship But How
John 4:31-42The Harvest is Ready
John 4:43-54Jesus Heals the Nobleman’s Son
John 5:1-15Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda
John 5:16-23Jesus Claims to be God
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John 5:30-38Jesus’ Witnesses of his Diety
John 5:39-47Blindness to the Truth of the Scriptures
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John 6:15-27Jesus Calms Their Fears
John 6:30-40What’s Your Motive for Following Jesus
John 6:36-44The Reaction of The Jews
John 6:45-55Drawn to Christ
John 6:56-59Confusion of The Body And Blood of Christ
John 6:60-71Rejection by Many Followers
John 7:1-14The Advice of Jesus’ Brothers
John 7:15-24Judge Rightly
John 7:25-29Jesus Origin
John 7:30-36Blinded to The Truth
John 7:37-53Divided Opinions About Jesus
John 8:1-7Pharisees Condemn The Adulterous Woman
John 8:8-11Jesus Forgives The Adulterous Women
John 8:12-20Jesus is The Light of The World
John 8:21-30Jesus Predicts His Death
John 8:31-38The Truth Will Set You Free
John 8:39-47You Are of Your Father The Devil
John 8:48-59Jesus’ Claims To His Identity
John 9:1-12Contentment in Any Circumstance
John 9:13-23Trouble with the Jewish Leaders
John 9:24-34The Testimony of the Healed Man
John 9:35-41The Pharisees Blindless
John 10:1-13The True Shepherd
John 10:14-21The Good Shephard Knows His Sheep
John 10:22-30Rejected by the Religious Leaders
John 10:31-42Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus