John's Gospel -a new look No 10
Opposition develops against Jesus: John 7:1-53.
Some in the big crowds that followed Jesus found that his”teaching were too hard” (6:60) and so they left him. At the same time opposition from the authorities hardened and John often refers to the fact that Jesus says “my time has not come”. He decides not to go to Jerusalem for the festival of Tabernacles and then changes his mind and goes.
By Jewish law every Jewish male living within 30 km. of Jerusalem had to attend this major Jewish festival. The Pharisees and the chief priests send some guards to arrest him. When they return unsuccessful, their excuse/reason is that “no one ever spoke like this man,” a reason that the religious leaders must have found difficult to understand and even more difficult to accept.
Many today reject Jesus’ claims to be the Messiah on many grounds. Some feel that his claims were so outrageous that that no reasonable person would believe them. The trouble is that when we enter into the realm of spiritual reality our human wisdom and logic cannot give the answers we need. While our worldly knowledge and logic is fine for dealing with worldly situations, it does not reach far enough.(1 Cor. 1:18-25)
John is simply saying in this Gospel that believing in Jesus means accepting that God entered into the world to offer us a better life and eternity. The belief is not a blind one as many claim. Rather it is honestly listening to the voice of the man from Nazareth, who claimed to be the Son of God, and backed up that claim with his teachings and signs.