We Can Only Truly Understand Jesus By Faith (John 7:14-24)

Terrel Kesterson, July 30, 2017
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Jesus had healed a man by the pool of Bethesda, enabling him to walk (Jn. 5:1ff.). Most of the people who knew about it were astonished. The Jewish religious leaders, however, were furious. It happened on a Sabbath. In the minds of the Jewish religious leaders Jesus had done work on a Sabbath, breaking the Old Testament law. “For this reason,” the Bible informs us, “the Jews” (that is, the Jewish religious leaders) “persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him” (Jn. 5:16).

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John 7:14-24

14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. 22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” (ESV)

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