John 7:25-31 OPPOSITE REACTIONS TO JESUS
Not everybody today believes that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God, the Savior of the world. Not everybody who
will acknowledge that He is the Savior has trusted Him as
Savior. A lot of folks are bitterly opposed to the very
idea of Christianity. That is the way it was in the time
which we study about here in the gospel of John.
I. The situation which Jesus faced in our text
As the time approached for the annual observance of the
Feast of The Tabernacles the Jewish leaders at Jerusalem
plotted to kill Jesus as soon as He arrived. They planned
to catch Him before He got into the crowds because they were
afraid to arrest Him when the crowds were around. Jesus was
still very popular with the majority of people and the
Jewish leaders were afraid that they would be mobbed and
killed if they arrested Jesus in the midst of the crowd.
The feast was to last for seven days and Jesus did not
show up until about the middle of the week. When He did
show up He was in the temple right in the midst of crowd of
people before the leaders knew anything about it. The crowd
quickly got bigger when the news spread that Jesus was
there. They were all the more afraid to bother Him there in
the midst of such a huge crowd of people.
There had been contrasting opinions about Jesus even
before He arrived. Everybody knew that the Jewish leaders
were trying to locate Jesus because the leaders had been
inquiring about Him for several days. They were asking if
anybody had seen Him. The people may not have known for
sure that they planned to kill Him, but they surely must
have known that they intended Him no good.
When the leaders were not around the great masses of
common people talked about and the majority of them could
not help but wonder why the leaders would want to make
trouble for a good man like Jesus. They said, "He is a good
Yet there was a minority group, even among the common
people, who were not at all favorable toward Jesus. They
said, "No, He deceives the people."
But when Jesus showed Himself He was already in the
temple in the midst of the people and nobody dared to touch
In our text last Sunday He discussed with them the Law
of Moses. He inquired whether or not anybody knew that
Moses had given them the Law of Moses. Of course, everybody
knew that Moses had given them the law of Moses. If they
knew about the Law of Moses, they surely did not show it by
their actions. He said, "None of you keep it." He asked
them, "Why then are you trying to kill me?" The Law of
Moses forbid them to kill and if they knew about the Law of
Moses why were they trying to kill Him? Some of the people
in the crowd, who were opposed to Him responded and said,
"You have a devil! Nobody is trying to kill you.!"
Jesus then reminded them that the reason the leaders
were against Him and were wanting to kill Him was because He
had healed a man on the sabbath day. He also reminded the
people that the leaders would circumcise on the sabbath, but
they wanted kill Him because He healed on the sabbath.
I. The reaction of some of the local people toward Jesus
25, "Then said some of them of
were people who had not come from distant places to
locals who lived there at
strongly under the influence of the Jewish leaders and were
very much in agreement with the Jewish leaders. Now, I
hasten to say that surely not all the locals felt this way,
but these who spoke up were very much opposed to Jesus.
(V. 25), "...Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?"
These people knew full well that the leaders were trying to
kill Jesus. They were not at all surprised at that nor were
they opposed to it. They were just puzzled as to why the
leaders made no effort to arrest Him or even stop Him from
V. 26, "But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say
nothing unto him..." They thought surely the leaders would
arrest Him instantly, but they didn't. They thought the
leaders would at least interrupt Him and stop Him from
teaching in the temple, but they didn't. They just stood
there in the crowd and quietly listened and this puzzled the
(V. 26), "...Do the rulers know indeed that this is the
very Christ?" That is, "Have the rulers changed their mind
and decided that this is the very Christ of God?" They were
very much surprised and puzzled by the silence of the Jewish
V. 27, "Howbeit we know this man whence he is..." The
word "Howbeit" carries the idea of "However." They said,
"We wonder if the rulers have decided if this is really the
Christ. They said, "However, we know this man whence He is.
We know that He was born in that little old hick town of
Bethlehem. They thought that the promised Christ would take
over the throne of Israel and be the king of Israel. They
could just not imagine anybody from Bethlehem taking over
the kingdom and ruling the nation of Israel.
Furthermore, they knew that He had not only been born in
the little town of Bethlehem, but He had lived in the city
of Nazareth in Galilee. Nazareth was a city with an
exceptionally bad reputation. Even the good man, Nathaniel,
back in chapter one, when Philip told Him that Jesus of
Nazareth is the Christ had said, "Can any good thing come
out of Nazareth." They just could not imagine anybody from
Nazareth being the King of Israel.
Still yet, these people knew that Jesus had grown up in
the home of a mere carpenter and was a carpenter Himself.
They just could not imagine a carpenter becoming the king of
There was one more objection. (V. 27), "...but when
Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is." They somehow
had gotten the idea that when the Christ did come, that
nobody would know where He had come from. They thought that
He would just mysteriously show up among them and that
nobody would know where He had come from. They said, "We
know where this fellow came from. Regardless of what the
leaders say, this man cannot be the Christ. Even if the
leaders have changed their mind, we cannot believe that this
man is the Christ. According to secular historians, there
were a goodly number of Jews who held to this idea. This is
the position that some of the leading rabbis held to and a
goodly number of the common people believed them.
This is what some of the people of Jerusalem were saying
and this is, no doubt, what some of the others from other
areas were thinking. This is exactly that some of the
people had said back at Capernaum six months earlier.
Perhaps you will remember that it was about six months
earlier when a great crowd of people had gathered at
Capernaum in preparation for going to Jerusalem for the
Passover that Jesus fed a multitude of people with five
loaves of bread and two fishes. The people were so amazed
at such a miracle that the people wanted to take Him by
force to Jerusalem and crown Him as king. However, the next
day when they heard Him teach in the synagogue at Capernaum
they turned against Him. They said exactly the same thing
that these residents of Jerusalem were now saying. They
said, "We know this man, who He is and where He is from. We
know His parents. This man cannot possibly be the Christ."
V. 28, "Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught,
saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am
not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye
know not." Jesus responded quickly and loudly. He cried
out so that all could clearly hear His response. He cried
out also so that they could know how strongly He felt about
what they had said.
Let me paraphrase what He said and put it in our
East-Texas language. Jesus said, "Yes, that right. You do
know where I came from physically. You know that I was born
in a little town. You know also that I grew up in a city of
very bad reputation. You know that I grew up in the home of
a carpenter and that I was trained to do the work of a
carpenter. But what you do not know is who sent me. You do
not know that it was God the Father in Heaven who sent me."
Let me stop right here long enough to say that those
people knew who He was talking about. When He talked about
somebody sending Him, they knew that He was talking about
God in Heaven. That is was stung. Because He followed up
by saying that they did not even know God. They knew that
He was claiming that God had sent Him, but He said that they
did not know the Person who had sent Him. They did not know
God. V. 29, "But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath
V. 30, "Then they sought to take him: but no man laid
hands on him, because his hour was not yet come." That is,
they tried to figure out a way that they could successfully
lay hands on Him. It mattered not to them whether or not
the Jewish leaders still wanted to take Him and kill Him.
Even if the leaders had changed their minds about Jesus,
these people had not. They were still very much against Him
and wanted Him out of the way. They wanted Him dead.
II. The reaction of some who held a favorable view of Jesus
But, thank God, that is not the way that all the people
felt about Him. The great majority still felt that He is a
good man. Out of that majority of people who thought that
He is a good man, a great prophet whom God sent, there were
some who were now persuaded that He was much more than just
a good man. In their view, He was much more than just a
prophet of God. V. 31, "And many of the people believed on
him..." That is, they now believe that He is the Messiah
whom God had promised. They accepted Him as the very Christ
of God. They were now saved. This is just exactly what
Jesus had come to this world to do. He had come to seek and
to save those who are lost in sin.
(V. 31), "...and said, When Christ cometh, will he do
more miracles than these which this man hath done?" They
recognized that the miracles which Jesus had done were in
keeping with the miracles which had been predicted in the
Old Testament that the Christ would perform. The Old
Testament Scriptures said that He would cause the blind to
see, the lame to walk, the dumb to speak. These were
exactly the kind of miracles that Jesus had performed. What
more could He do to show that He is the Christ? They were
now fully persuaded that Jesus is the Christ.
I want you to consider how joyous an occasion this was
for those people. All their lives, they had heard of the
coming Christ. They must have wondered if there was any
possibility that He would come in their life time. Now He
was here. Now they had seen Him with their own eyes. Now
they had accepted Him into their own hearts. Now they were
saved by His mighty power. What a day of rejoicing this was
for these men, women, boys and girls who trust in Jesus as
the Christ that day.
What a day of rejoicing it was for Jesus. This is what
He had come into the world to do -- to seek and save that
which was lost. This is the reason that He would go to the
cross and give His live so that people could be saved.
Thank God that not all the people rejected Jesus as the
Christ. Thank God that some believed in Him and were saved.
III. The same opposite opinions of Jesus today
Today the gospel of Jesus Christ goes out to the world.
There are still a lot of unsaved people in the world that
have a hostile, bitter attitude toward Jesus. There are
still those who think that Christianity ought to be
abolished. There are still those who think that Jesus is
not the Christ.
But, thank God, not everybody has a hostile attitude
toward God and toward Jesus. Thank God that not everybody
has a hostile attitude toward the Bible and toward
Christianity. And yet a lot of those same people are still
unsaved. Some of them, like King Agrippa, are almost
persuaded to believe in Jesus but they have not yet
altogether believed. If they are ever going to be saved,
they must do more than have an absence of hostility toward
Jesus. They must fully believe in Him as the Son of God.
They must believe in Him as the God sent Savior. They must
trust in Him to save them from their sins and keep them out
of the fires of hell. They must call on Jesus and ask Him
to make sure that they make it to heaven.
There may be somebody here today who really wants to go
to heaven who knows that he is not worthy of going to
heaven. Is that true? Is there somebody here like that?
Is that somebody you?
I have good news for you. You do not have to deserve to
go to heaven. What you do have to do is to repent of your
sin and ask Jesus to save you. You have to trust Jesus to
saved you. You have stop trying to save yourself and let
Jesus save you. Will you come this morning and trust in
Jesus Christ to save your soul?
If you are already saved and you wish to come and give
yourself in service to the Lord, will you come and lead the