The Man Who Puts Men In A Bind
Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” — John 7:25-27
Now remember, just a few moments ago, the crowd got a little defensive that Jesus was accusing them of plotting to kill him (John 7:20). Yet moments later, we discover that everyone knows this gossip to be true. That's because it's all over Twitter. And Jesus is privy to this not just because he's God but because he has been around for the last four days of the celebration, secretly listening into their conversations.
But now he reveals himself. Right on the Temple grounds in the middle of an annual Feast with millions of pilgrims present. The public nature of this puts the Jewish authorities and their plan in quite a bind. A plan that would have easily advanced had the public not been present. So the timing of his reveal forces them to rethink their plan. Now they have to double check and this pause lends credence to the question everyone is asking — Could this Jesus be the predicted Christ?
Gentlemen, Jesus always puts men in a bind. His life and ministry have perplexed people for millennia. His birth, his signs, his life, his teaching, his death, and his resurrection have mesmerized people for 2000 years. And they always lead to the very same question. Is Jesus the Son of God?
I believe he is.
But if you are standing around looking at the evidence and have not yet come to a conclusion on this question, you are going to always find yourself in a real bind.
ASK THIS: Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God?
DO THIS: Make a decision about Jesus
PRAY THIS: God, I believe Jesus is your son. I am decided.
PLAY THIS: I Have Decided
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