Context: While teaching in the Temple courts during the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus continues his discourse with Jewish leaders as well as the multitudes, some of whom claim that he could NOT be the Messiah because they knew where Jesus had come from. Jesus continues His bold claims that He was sent directly from His father, making himself equal with God. Others, we see, were astonished by Jesus and believed he WAS the Messiah because of the works and miracles he had been performing. The Pharisees and chief priests sent officers to arrest Jesus, but his hour had not come … setting things up for the climax of this story tomorrow during the last, and greatest, day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Note: Herod’s temple complex at the time of Jesus was huge … almost 900 feet square, or 3 football fields wide AND long!! Just the Court of Women alone could hold up to 6,000 worshipers, the entire complex up to 200,000.
Observations: If Jesus knew they wanted to arrest him, why would he teach so openly in the Temple and during such a populated Feast? What do you think of the reasons for rejecting him as Messiah stated in the passage? What about the reasons for believing in Jesus as Messiah? What does it mean ‘no one laid a hand on him because his hour had not yet come.’?
Application: Worship Jesus today, especially in light of the uncertainties of our circumstances. Remember that He not only holds TIME in his hands … he holds US in his hands! ‘Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for us.’
Prayer: Express thanks to Jesus for at least one aspect of his life: perhaps it’s his shrewdness, or his disruptive honesty or the absolute purity and trueness of his identity. Join other worshipers on the LiveStream @ 10 a.m., or if you are not able to do so, make certain you ask Jesus to show himself real, powerful and compassionate as we navigate through troubled times.