Christ: The Courageous Teacher
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 27 March 2017
26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. 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. 29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me. 30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
ome of the Jews in Jerusalem did know of the murderous attitude of their leaders. They knew how dangerous the situation was for Jesus. It amazed them that Jesus still taught the people openly, and the rulers could not take advantage of it to kill Him.
In verse 26, the Jews described Jesus as One with boldness. They also wondered whether the leaders knew that Jesus was indeed the Christ! The inability of the Jewish authorities to harm and silence Jesus, even though they actively tried to do so, caused them to think that Jesus must be Christ, and that the authorities had noted it.
The people continued to debate concerning the authority of Jesus with reference to His teachings. They wondered where He came from. They knew by now that He was not of any particular school in their land. They knew that such unusual ability to teach can only belong to the Messiah. However, they could not agree fully that Jesus was the Messiah, for they said that they knew where Jesus came from. A popular belief then (not based on the Scripture) was that no one would know of the Messiah’s origin. But now they knew the place of His birth and living, so they thought that Jesus was not the Messiah.
Jesus acknowledged that they have some superficial knowledge about Him, but they did not know who sent Him (vv.28–29). The unfortunate thing was that they were rejecting their promised Messiah, for whom they were waiting. Their rejection gave the authorities more opportunities to seize Him. Yet, they were unsuccessful, since Jesus’ “hour” had not come (vv.25–30). Jesus knew that until the “hour” appointed by the Father arrives, none could harm His life. Belief in God’s sovereignty over all things can also help us to be calm and bold in adverse circumstances.
No one can harm me until the Lord God Almighty permits it.
May I not be weary in adverse circumstances, knowing You are in control of all the events in my life.