READ JOHN 7:25-44
Who does this Jesus think he is?! Sure, he’s said and done some amazing things, but who does he think he is? The Messiah? Not a chance! We know where this guy came from and nothing good comes from there. Certainly not the Messiah!
Authority. That’s what is really being questioned here, isn’t it? The detractors in this story are calling to question Jesus right to say the things that he is saying. Who are the authorities that gave him the authority, if you will? That’s how it worked. To become an authority on anything it had to be granted to you by someone who already held that authority… usually through a time of apprenticeship. Master carpenters, teachers, bakers, farmers, etc… they would all take young people (typically family members) under their wing and teach them how to do what they did. Eventually, after much time spent with the master, the apprentice was granted authority not only do the job, but to apprentice others to do the same. They were sent out from the master and given authority.
The kind of things that Jesus said and did were the kind of things that only God could say and do. Who does this guy think he is? We know where he is from! He has no authority!
“Yes, you think you know me and where I’m from, but that’s not where I’m from. I didn’t set myself up in business. My true origin is in the One who sent me, and you don’t know him at all. I come from him– that’s how I know him. He sent me here.” (v 28-29)
This was a pretty bold claim. Jesus’ authority came from God. In other words, Jesus was saying that he apprenticed with the Father… he spent time with him face-to-face and was taught the family business. No wonder people got upset and wanted to kill him.
This story, like most of John’s gospel, is written to draw us as readers to the question, “Who is Jesus?” John wants us by the end of the book to know the answer to that question and, “believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.” (20: 31)
How will you respond to this question today? Will you be among those who dismiss and discredit Jesus, or will you be among those who. “committed themselves in faith to him, saying, ‘Will the Messiah, when he comes, provide better or more convincing evidence than this?'” (v 31)