We have been looking at Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles, and in this post, we will pick up the story at verse 25, where John shifts the narrative to focus on the “the people of Jerusalem” which are those in attendance who are “hometown” attendees. It would seem that at least some of them are aware of the plot afoot to kill Jesus.
Where the Messiah would come from is the subject of much discussion and speculation in this passage, and it is a very important question relating to the validation of Jesus in the eyes of many people. Can a Messiah come from Galilee? Would a Messiah come from anywhere in particular or must he come from Bethlehem? After Jesus’ statement in 28-29, they want to seize Him, but are unable because His time had not yet come to die; the murmuring continues until the Chief Priest orders the temple guards to arrest Him. The question for us to ask is why? They were arguing among themselves about where the Messiah would come from; he should come from a place they don’t know about, but this guy came from Galilee; Jesus set them straight about where He really came from, and they want Him dead…?
- The Life Project. 2016. Who is He, and Where did He Come From? | The Life Project. [ONLINE] Available at: https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/who-is-he-and-where-did-he-come-from-2/. [Accessed 03 October 2016].