John 7:10-13 – Lesson #74

Jesus’ brothers wanted Him to travel from Galilee to Jerusalem and make a grand entry at the start of the Feast of Tabernacles. They encouraged Him (some say sarcastically) to “show Yourself to the world” (John 7:4). But there was a growing number of Jews who “sought to kill Him” (v.1), so Jesus declined the invitation because “My time has not yet come” (v.6).

John 7:10-13
“But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, ‘Where is He?’ And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, ‘He is good’; others said, ‘No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.’ However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews.”

The time had not yet come to make a grand entrance into Jerusalem, but Jesus had no intention of ignoring one of the required feasts; “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles” (Deuteronomy 16:16). Jesus perfectly fulfilled all the requirements of the law and also the perfect timing of His Father. Jesus went to the feast in a manner which would not draw attention to Himself.

Recall that when John refers to “the Jews” he usually means the group of Jews who were opposed to Jesus and His ministry. Most people in Jerusalem were Jews, as were His disciples. These contentious Jews assumed He would make His entry in a way that He could be arrested or captured and killed.

The word “complaining” is also translated as grumbling or whispering and denotes low level discussions or arguments. From the beginning Jesus preached a message which called for a decision. His message did not allow for neutral indifference. But though most had formed an opinion, both opinions were wrong. He was neither a deceiver nor simply a good man. Jesus was the Son of God who came to give eternal life.

But as is the case in every generation, the opposition instills fear in those who seek to follow Christ. Those who disagree with Jesus feel He is a threat which must be illuminated, and His followers become a threat by association.

Sadly, we live in an indifferent generation where everything has become acceptable, including a “whatever” religion which keeps Christ on the shelf. But for those who follow Jesus as the only way to eternal life there remains an opposition which causes fear. If they cannot control through physical persecution they pound away through ridicule and rejection. Do we voice our belief or have we become controlled by the fear inducing minority? Let’s become more bold in our allegiance to Christ. Let’s speak openly and without fear about our Savior, the true Son of God.

Have a Great Day!

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries