Judge Rightly

Posted: March 29, 2015 in John

John 7:1-24, “Judge Rightly”

Introduction:
Pop quiz: what’s the most often quoted Scripture from the Bible?  If it is a Christian quoting it, it’s likely Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” or perhaps John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish, but have everlasting life.”  However – if it’s a non-Christian quoting Scripture, it’s most likely Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that you be not judged.”  It’s often quoted with the idea that no one should pass judgment on anyone else, yet that wasn’t at all what Jesus was saying.  People do need to judge right from wrong; but they can pass judgment without being judgmental.  We need to judge, but we need to judge rightly.

There is hardly any case in which this is more true than in our judgment of Jesus. At some point, we are going to have to pass judgment on Him.  We might not think about it in those terms, but that’s the truth.  Obviously we do not pass judgment over Him.  He is the judge for our eternal future; not the other way around.  Even so, each of us individually needs to examine the works and teaching of Jesus, and come to a decision of what we believe.  We need to come to a judgment about Jesus, and hopefully we judge rightly about Him.

Many did not.  Jesus had just dealt with skepticism among the Jews in Galilee.  After performing one of the most definitive signs declaring His divine power and authority (feeding the 5000), the people soon rejected Him.  They went from trying to force Him to be king, to grumbling and complaining about His doctrine when He claimed to be the bread of life.  Finally they made the fateful choice to leave Him, unwilling to receive Him as their Lord and God.  Only the 12 disciples remained, with Peter speaking up for all when he said, “To whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.” (6:68)  No one could give to the disciples what Jesus offered: eternal life and fellowship with God.  Jesus alone is the Holy One of God – the Christ, the Son of the Living God.  With Jesus, they would have everything.  Without Jesus, they would have nothing.

At least that was the conclusion of the 12.  Among the rest of the Jews, there remained much more skepticism.  The crowds were conflicted about Jesus – not only in Galilee, but in Jerusalem as well.  And it wasn’t only strangers, but members of Jesus’ own family.  His own blood brothers lacked faith in Him, despite what should have been so obvious.  All kinds of people looked at Jesus and judged Him…but they judged Him wrongly.  If they had been seeking the truth, they would have seen the truth in Jesus.  As it was, they saw only what they wanted to see, and missed out on the Son of God that stood in full view.  If they had judged rightly, they would have recognized Jesus and received everlasting life.

It’s important to judge rightly!

John 7:1–24
1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.

  1. We tend to think of the entire land as being “Judea,” but these were specific names of Roman provinces.  Historically, it was all the land of Israel, but by the time of the Roman empire and occupation, the regional borders were slightly different, even though Jews were still the ethnic majority. 
  2. Of course the Jews in Galilee did not seem to have any more faith than the Jews in Judea (specifically those in and around Jerusalem).  However, Jesus didn’t have to deal with the Galilean Jews attempting to kill Him (at least at the time).  The last time John records Jesus in Jerusalem, that is exactly what the Jews attempted to do. (5:16-18) What was the reason for their death wish?  Jesus had healed a man at the famed pool of Bethesda, but He had done it on a Sabbath day.  What made it worse was Jesus’ justification for doing so: He said He was doing what His Father did.  Since God worked 24/7, so would His Son.  This brought charges of blasphemy against Jesus.  (Which would have been true, except for the fact that Jesus actually IS God!)  In any case, Jerusalem wasn’t exactly the most welcoming city to Jesus at the time, and it’s no wonder that He wanted to be careful in His travels there.
  3. Was Jesus afraid?  Of course not.  The Man who faced down Satan in the wilderness doesn’t fear so easily.  The Man who willingly endured the Roman cross doesn’t fear so easily.  Jesus is Almighty God in the flesh…of whom would He be afraid?  Fear didn’t have anything to do with it; wisdom and submission to God did.  Jesus had reasons for waiting (as we’ll see), and He didn’t do anything that might be contrary to the will and timing of God.
    1. It may be obvious to us why Jesus did not fear, but what about us?  We also have no reason to be afraid.  After all, as believers we are children of the Most High God.  If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31)  That’s not to say nothing bad will ever happen…but we don’t need to fear anything that might happen.  God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7).  God will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5).  God will not allow us to endure anything that He had not allowed in our lives (Job 1).  We can be supremely confident to live without fear.

2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand.

  1. Time is passing along.  Jesus had been in Jerusalem at the pool of Bethesda for a different unnamed feast (5:1), and more recently, it was near Passover when Jesus multiplied the bread and fish in Galilee to feed the 5000 (6:4).  The Passover is a spring festival; Tabernacles is one in the fall, which usually falls in late September or October.  Jesus had presumably remained in Galilee for the past 6 months or so when the Feast of Tabernacles rolls around, with another opportunity to visit Jerusalem.  (BTW – Jesus was busy during all of that time.  The Synoptic gospels record much of Jesus’ Galilean ministry; something which John’s gospel does not duplicate.)
  2. What is the Feast of Tabernacles?  It is the annual celebration remembering God’s provision for the Hebrews during their 40 years in the wilderness.  God’s presence had personally guided them.  God’s power had daily provided for them in the form of manna.  God’s instruction had been taught to them as Moses continually brought fresh revelations of God’s word.  There had been no other time like it in the long history of Israel – and the only other time that will be like this again will be the Millennial Kingdom.  At that time, Jesus will once again be in our midst (and in the midst of Israel), dwelling with His people.
    1. The nature and purpose of the festival comes up later in Ch. 7.  For now, it’s presented only as the reason for Jesus’ travel to Jerusalem.  It was one of the feasts when the entire nation was summoned to appear.

3 His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. 4 For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.”

  1. Jesus’ brothers knew the opportunities at the feast.  If Jesus had taught a few thousand people in Galilee, surely there would be many more in Jerusalem for the festival.  If Jesus really wanted to get the word out, why not leave Galilee and do these things in Jerusalem?  Like New York City, if He could make it there, He could make it anywhere.
  2. On the surface, this sounds reasonable, but there was more to their words.  They were taunting their older brother, because not even they had faith in Him.

5 For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

  1. On one hand, this is understandable.  After all, if my older brother started claiming to be God, I’d think him to be a loon.  I love my brother, but that’s just nuts!  I grew up with him, know his shortcoming, and there is no question that he is not qualified to be God. (Neither am I, and he would rightly think the same of me!)  No doubt, Jesus’ brothers thought the same thing.  To be sure, they would be hard-pressed to come up with any shortcomings for Jesus, but it would be really tough for them to consider the possibility that their older half-brother was God.  No matter what their mom and dad may have told them in the past, that was just a tough pill to swallow!
    1. It would take something truly monumental to change their minds…and something DID change them: the resurrection!  Once Jesus rose from the dead, the Bible no longer speaks of a lack of faith among His brothers; it counts them among the rest of His disciples, with some of them taking part in leading the early church.  The resurrection changes everything!
  2. BTW, please note that Jesus had brothers.  Half-brothers, to be precise, but brothers nonetheless.  Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and others claim that the family members mentioned here were cousins or some other sort of close relatives, but that argument just doesn’t hold water.  The only reason they make the claim is to hold to the belief that Mary was ever-virgin…something the Bible never once teaches or even hints at.  The plain reading of the text is that these young men were real brothers of Jesus.  That Joseph and Mary went on to have other children does not take away from the blessing that Mary received in being Jesus’ mother – it just emphasizes she was a human like the rest of us.
  3. Brothers being brothers, they taught Jesus, basically daring Him to go to Jerusalem and feed 5000 people there.  If Jesus was such a big deal, why not go to Jerusalem and prove it?  Because Jesus doesn’t need to prove anything.  Vs. 6…

6 Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.”

  1. Jesus was not constrained from going to the feast out of fear.  He did not hesitate to act boldly in Jerusalem before when the situation required it.  The Man who ejected the money-changers from the temple in full confrontation with the priests is not a Man who is intimidated by fear!  Again, fear didn’t keep Jesus out of Jerusalem; wisdom and humility did.  Jesus had already made it clear that He had not come to do His own will, but the will of the One who sent Him (6:38).  When God the Father willed Jesus to go to Jerusalem, Jesus would God, but not beforehand.  Jesus was always humbly submitted to His Father.
  2. And again, there was much wisdom in this.  It simply was not Jesus’ time to go.  As we know from the text, Jesus did end up going to the feast, but it wasn’t in pomp and circumstance – it wasn’t with flash and fireworks.  That was how His brothers wanted Jesus to go, but that wasn’t at all what Jesus did.  It simply wasn’t His “time.”  How so?  Remember this was Tabernacles; not Passover.  Jesus could actively minister, but He could not present Himself fully to Jerusalem as the Messiah King.  If He had fast-forwarded the timeframe and gone to the cross during Tabernacles, the whole prophetic picture of the feasts would be destroyed.  Tabernacles points to the kingdom; Passover points to the cross.  Every single thing God commanded through the Mosaic feasts had a specific purpose in the plan of God.  Jesus was not about to override this simply to satisfy His brothers (or His own ego).  God’s plan and timing is perfect, and Jesus was submitted to it.
    1. How willingly do we submit our own lives to the plan and timing of God?
  3. So what did Jesus mean when He told His brother that their “time is always ready”?  Simply this: in their unbelief, they were of the world, and it was already the world’s time.  The brothers were not yet submitted to the plan of God regarding Jesus, so it didn’t matter what they did in Jerusalem.  The world didn’t hate them, because they didn’t believe in Jesus.  Toward Jesus however, the stance of the world was quite different!  The world hated Jesus because Jesus told the truth.  Jesus is the light of the world, and His light of righteousness exposes sin for what it is.  The people of the world hated it then, and they hate it today.
    1. Have you ever noticed how talk about a generic “god” is find, and that people are willing to talk about a non-descript “faith,” but at the name of “Jesus,” attitudes change.  As long as the world can define god in their terms (create god in their own image), then they’re OK with spiritual things.  But the Biblical Jesus will not be defined by the world!  He is who He is, and His righteousness will not bend.  Jesus testifies of the evil in the world, and does so even without speaking a single word.  His very presence testifies of the world’s unspeakable evil.  All we need do is look at the cross.  THAT is the testimony of Christ!  How bad is the sin of mankind?  SO bad that God Himself had to become a human and die for us if we would have any hope of forgiveness.  Thus Jesus is hated by the world, because He makes us painfully aware of our own sin.
    2. The good news is that Jesus also makes us aware of the possibility of forgiveness.  If we are willing to admit our sin AS sin, confessing it towards God – if we’re willing to turn away from that sin and believe upon Jesus in faith as the crucified and risen Son of God – then we can know the forgiveness and life He offers.  The testimony of Jesus can be sobering and shocking, but His testimony can drive us to our knees in faith and worship.  Let it take you there.

9 When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee. 10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

  1. So Jesus “remained in Galilee” for a bit.  How long, we’re not told – it was probably long enough for His brothers to hit the road south and a get a little distance from town.  Some point after that, Jesus left.  Question: did Jesus lie?  In vs. 8 He said He wasn’t going to the feast, but in vs. 10 Jesus went.  Technically, in vs. 8 Jesus most likely said He was “not yet” going to the feast.  There is a bit of textual variance on this among the ancient manuscripts, with the older and more numerous texts reading “not yet” (as reflected in NKJV, HCSB, NIV).  Either way, there still isn’t any inconsistency if we take Jesus’ words in context.  The fact is that Jesus did not go to the feast with His brothers, but went on His own.  He did not go to the feast with the flash and attention as the Messiah, and that is what His brothers asked Him to do.  Jesus went in God’s timing & God’s way, exactly as He intended.
  2. When Jesus did go, He went “in secret.”  This was opposite of what His brothers wanted, but it was exactly what the Father desired.  Jesus had no trouble attracting attention when He wanted, but He could also easily remain out of sight.  It demonstrates that Jesus was fully in control of His ministry at all times.  Nothing was chaotic or left to chance.

11 Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, “Where is He?” 12 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.”

  1. Jesus may have been secret, but His impact was certainly felt!  The people looked for Him, expecting His arrival and teaching.  That’s not to say that they all looked forward to hearing what He had to say; they just expected it.  As with the Jews of Galilee, the Jews of Jerusalem were divided about Him and skeptical of Him.  They grumbled and complained about Him, rather than listening to the things Jesus said or paying close attention to the things Jesus did.  Some people seemed to respond with a seed of faith, while others were flat-out against Him.
  2. Sound familiar?  People have always been divided when it comes to Jesus.  All kinds of opinions are held, and people have their own ideas about Him.  Some claim “He is good,” but they really mean that Jesus seems to be a good example…a nice moral teacher.  They think He might not be God, but at least He’s a nice guy.  Others believe that Jesus was deceptive, and that He led people on a wild-goose chase.  One thing is certain: if Jesus is not God, then He cannot be good.  If Jesus is not truly God in the flesh, then He either lied or was downright crazy.  He would either be a deceiver on the level of Satan, or He would a lunatic of the first order.  But “good” is not a viable option.  They only way Jesus is good is if Jesus is God.  Jesus IS God, so Jesus is indeed good.  (How do we know?  The resurrection!)

13 However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews.

  1. There was a lot of conversation taking place regarding Jesus, but it was all in hushed tones.  The debates were taking place, but it wasn’t happening in the synagogues or in the temple.  The Pharisees and Sadducees had seen to that.  A culture of fear was beginning to take over.  The Jewish leadership feared Jesus, so they ensured that the Jewish people were afraid to speak “openly of Him.
  2. Intimidation only works when people are willing to be intimidated.  There have always been those who persecuted the people of God.  But there has also always been a remnant of believers unwilling to give up their faith.  All over the world, Christians count the cost and continue to worship Jesus, despite massive opposition and intimidation.  They understand that Jesus is worth it all.
    1. One day we might find ourselves faced with a similar choice.  How will we respond?

14 Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. 15 And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”

  1. So Jesus had been there the entire time, and all of a sudden makes an appearance in the temple, teaching the people.  They just have been surprised enough just to see Him there.  They likely expected a grand entrance along the lines of what His brothers wished (which would indeed come, but not until Palm Sunday).  Instead, Jesus just pops up in their midst.  This time, He isn’t cleansing the temple or working any miracles (at least, none that are recorded) – He’s just teaching.
  2. Of course when Jesus taught, it was never ‘just’ teaching.  When Jesus taught, that was enough to cause the Jews to marvel!  No supernatural miracle was necessary when Jesus opened His mouth to teach.  He words were enough to command the attention of people.
    1. They still are!  We praise God for miracles when they occur, but the miracles all serve a specific purpose: to drive people to faith in Jesus & glorify God.  Miracles aren’t given so that we can look for more miracles; they are given so that our faith and hope might be in God.  To experience His presence, His person, His character – that is what we need the most, and that is so much of what we experience when we dive into and meditate upon Jesus’ teaching and word.  Get into the word of God…you too will marvel!
  3. So amazed were they of Jesus’ teaching that they wondered where He learned it all.  They knew Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee.  He might be considered a rabbi by His followers, but He hadn’t studied with the best rabbis in Jerusalem.  Where was His seminary degree?  Where and when did He get His education?  The Jews easily recognized that Jesus taught with immense authority (Mk 1:22), but they didn’t know why.  Where did Jesus get this authority?  He got it from His heavenly Father…

16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.

  1. Jesus’ doctrine is God’s doctrine.  Jesus may have been unstudied according to the rabbinical traditions of Jerusalem, but He was well-approved unto God.  The last time Jesus was in Jerusalem, He said that He only did the things He saw the Father do, and that He did nothing in Himself (5:19).  This time, Jesus said that He only teaches the things the Father had given Him to teach.  Jesus hadn’t made anything up on the spot – He wasn’t a rhetorical bomb-thrower looking for attention (such as we see so often on TV!) – He had been given a message from His Father, and Jesus was faithful to deliver it.
  2. That’s a big claim…how could anyone know it was true?  Easy: it was confirmed by God.  If a person truly seeks God in faith, then they will recognize the teaching of Jesus as being the teaching of God.  Those who reject Jesus and His doctrine do not seek God in truth, because they don’t recognize Jesus for who He is. 
    1. Objection: “That seems rather presumptuous!  It’s so close-minded!”  Take it up with Jesus. J  If there was room for disagreement here, Jesus would have surely given it.  But there isn’t.  Jesus’ doctrine is God’s doctrine.  If a person seeks the Lord, they will recognize Jesus.  If not, then they weren’t seeking truth in the first place.  Truth is simply truth, regardless if we want to agree with it.  2+2 will always equal 4 in normal math, no matter who badly someone might want to otherwise believe.  Is it presumptuous to say so?  No – it’s just the truth.  If someone agrees that 2+2=4, then they simply recognize the truth.  If they want to argue the point, then they demonstrate that they aren’t really seeking truth.  Likewise, Jesus simply does teach the doctrine and truth of God.  Those who know God know Jesus.  Those who don’t, don’t.
    2. Question: “What does this mean for other religions?”  It means they don’t know God, no matter what they might claim.  Even the Jews, from whom we receive the OT Scriptures and basic theology – if they do not recognize Jesus as God, then they do not truly know the Creator God they claim to worship.  It that a narrow statement?  Yes, but it’s the truth.  When eternity is on the line, we cannot share anything less.

18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.

  1. Not only did Jesus teach the doctrine of God, but He sought the glory of God.  Jesus had neither the need nor the desire to be self-promoting.  He wouldn’t have fit in very well in our age of social media! J  Most people do a bit of self-promotion (some vastly more than others), but not Jesus.  Jesus wasn’t speaking “from himself” making up His own teaching so that people would say “Look how wise Jesus is!”  He taught the doctrine of God so that people would say “Look at how great God is!”  Everything Jesus did (and does) was for the glory of God, and thus “no unrighteousness is in Him.
  2. It is a rare Christian indeed who can claim totally pure motives. (And if he/she claimed it, he would no longer be innocent!)  As long as we live here on the earth, we will deal with the temptation of pride…even in spiritual matters.  We want people to notice how well we pray, how knowledgeable we are about the Bible, etc.  But we need to remember that it’s not necessary for people to see us; they need to see Jesus.  The best thing we can do is proclaim Jesus and get out of the way.  We’re not seeking our own glory, but the glory of God.

19 Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?”

  1. At first glance, this seems to come out of nowhere – but remember that Jesus knew their hearts, their skepticism, and their complaints about Him.  He had heard it earlier when He was in Jerusalem in secret (apart from simply knowing it as God).  At the heart of their recent skepticism and questions was their opposition to Jesus.  During His last visit to Jerusalem, the Jewish leadership desired to kill Him.  That hadn’t changed.  The very reason Jesus stayed in Galilee for so long was because the Jews wanted Him dead.  He knew what was in their hearts.
  2. And He knew that their opposition to Him was hypocritical. The Jewish authorities appealed to the law of Moses in their opposition to Jesus, yet none of them kept the law of Moses in the first place.  They were willing to break the 6th commandment against murder because they misinterpreted what Jesus had done in regards to the 4th commandment about the Sabbath.  They were hypocritical on their face.

20 The people answered and said, “You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?”

  1. To paraphrase Shakespeare: the people doth protest too much!  Ever meet someone prone to dramatic exaggeration?  The Jews talking with Jesus certainly fit the bill.  They may not have picked up stones at that very moment, or had their hands raised against Him (though that would change later in the day!), but they most certainly did want to kill Jesus.  They just hadn’t figured out how they wanted to do it yet.  Their protest rings hollow.

21 Jesus answered and said to them, “I did one work, and you all marvel. 22 Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath?

  1. The “one work” Jesus spoke of was healing the man at the pool of Bethesda.  Obviously Jesus had done many other works, both in Jerusalem and all over the land.  Contextually speaking, John’s account just concluded a look at one of the major works of Jesus when He fed the 5000.  Truly everyone who witnessed any of the many miracles of Jesus “marveled” at what they saw.  But the “marvel” here is not one of amazement, wonder, and thankfulness for the power and grace of God that was displayed; it was the shock and disgust that it would be displayed on the Sabbath.  The traditions of the Jews had elevated the gift of God (the Sabbath) above even the grace of God.  They got things completely backward!
  2. Jesus doesn’t debate the legality of circumcision.  Yes, circumcision is part of the Mosaic Law.  It actually pre-dates the Law, in that God gave it to the patriarch Abraham as a perpetual sign of God’s covenant with Abraham’s descendants (Gen 17).  Even so, it was later codified in the Law of Moses.  Every male child that was born a Hebrew had to be circumcised.  When?  On the 8th day.  (Lev 12:3)  Why the 8th day?  Interestingly enough, the 8th day after birth is when Vitamin K and other blood clotting factors in newborns reach their full potential.  If a circumcision was to be done in the ancient world (without modern medicine), it was quite literally the safest day to perform the operation.  Question: What happens if the 8th day falls upon the Sabbath?  There was no Sabbath day exemption.  Baby boys were to be circumcised on the 8th day, period.
  3. Of course, that’s Jesus’ point.  The Jews did not become Sabbath-breakers by circumcising a boy on the 8th day in accordance with the law.  They did not keep the law and break the law at the same time.  Neither did Jesus break the law when He healed a man on the Sabbath.  The circumcised baby boy has something cut away; the man at the Bethesda pool had something restored to him.  Both experienced the grace of God: the boy in being brought into the national covenant with God, and the man in coming in personal contact with the Messiah.  Simply because this happens on a Sabbath, what law is broken?  The Sabbath is still sanctified and set apart as holy.  The Sabbath was given as a day of rest of the Hebrews to focus upon God and find their rest in Him; there can be no doubt that the attention of the people was firmly focused upon God the day that Jesus healed!  Those who looked to Jesus in faith would find the true Sabbath rest they longed for.  There was no better way of keeping the Sabbath than what Jesus did!

24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

  1. The people had made their judgment of Jesus, but they judged wrongly.  They looked at the surface-level, and accused Him of Sabbath-breaking.  They ignored the power and authority of God inherent in Him and judged Him of blasphemy.  They heard Him teaching without ‘approved’ credentials and judged Him a false teacher.  They had all kinds of judgments decided, and every one of them was wrong.
  2. Jesus wasn’t saying it was wrong for people to come to a decision about Him.  That is exactly what they were supposed to do.  But they (and we) needed to “judge with righteous judgment” – not “according to appearance” in the preconceived ideas and traditions of men.  If they saw Jesus honestly – if they truly listened to the content of His teaching and took time to consider what was on display with His acts and miracles, then there would be little question to what conclusion they would come.  They would understand that Jesus was sent by God, taught the doctrine of God, and did the work of God.  They would understand that Jesus is the Son of God, and that believing upon Him, they would have life in His name.  They would recognize Jesus for who He is, and come to faith.

Conclusion:
At some point all of us need to make a judgment about Jesus.  What He did and taught simply cannot be ignored.  We have to judge, so judge rightly.  Look with honesty and openness upon the doctrines and actions of Jesus.  Judge rightly, and recognize Him.

That is what the Jews of Jesus’ day missed.  Whether it was the Jews in Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles, or it was Jesus’ own brothers in Galilee, they all judged Jesus wrongly.  They looked at Jesus with their own preconceived notions.  They had their own idea of God and expectations for what He would and wouldn’t do.  So when Jesus did things differently, they scoffed and complained.

Yet God is under no obligation to act according to our expectations.  God will act according to His word and His character – of that, we can be sure.  If we are truly submitted to His word, and seeking God for who He has revealed Himself to be, then we will naturally be led to Jesus.  That’s just where the road leads, as surely as 2+2=4.

Perhaps the question for you is this: are you honestly seeking God?  Many people claim to want to know the truth, but they really just want someone to validate their own ideas.  If you want to know the truth, then you need to go beyond your ideas and go to a Person.  Recognize and believe upon Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life.  It’s time to put your skepticism aside.  It’s time to judge rightly about Jesus, and believe upon Him as the Lord.

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