Jesus performed His first miracle when He had turned the water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee. However, even after this miracle was performed, Jesus’ brothers still did not believe in Him. John 2:11-12 writes: “After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers (which proves that Mary Jesus’ mother had other children) and His disciples and they did not stay there many days.”
Jesus’ brothers disbelieve
1.After these things, Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea because the Jews[ sought to kill Him. 2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brothers, therefore, said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. 4 For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.” 5 For even His brothers did not believe in Him.
Even after Jesus had turned the water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee Jesus’ brother still did not believe in Him. John 2:11-12 writes: “After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers (which proves that Mary Jesus’ mother had other children) and His disciples and they did not stay there many days.”
6 Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.” 9 When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.
Jesus performed many signs and wonders on the Sabbath which makes the Jews more determined to want to kill Him.
John 5:18 writes: “Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him (Jesus) because He not only broke the Sabbath but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal to God.”
The Heavenly Scholar
10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11 Then the Jews sought Him at the feast and said, “Where is He?” 12 And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.” 13 However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews.
Why did the people fear the Jews? John 9:22 will answer this question for us. After Jesus had healed the man who was blind from birth as written in John 9:1-12, the man testifies to those who knew about his true condition from birth but they in turn took him to appear before the Pharisees.
John 9:18 writes that the “Jews did not believe him …” so the Jews then referred to their religious leaders (The Pharisees) who “had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He (Jesus) was the Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue” (John 9:22). And this was the very reason why the man’s parents would not testify to the truth about what Jesus had done for their son.
Many fear their religious leaders today for this very reason … Religious legalism will kill you just like it killed Jesus.
After having taught in the synagogue in John 7:14-15, the people were in awe about Jesus and were wondering how someone who had never studied was able to teach them the Word so accurately. 16 Jesus answered them and said,
“My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. 18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. 19 Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me? (John 7:16-20).
20 The people answered and said, “You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?”
John 7:21-24 records how Jesus responded to them: “I did one work, and you all marvel.22 Moses, therefore, gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? 24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
And yet for all these things the people still did not that Jesus Himself was the Christ (See John 7:25-31). In John 7:32-36 the Pharisees discovered what the people were saying about Jesus and tried to take Him prisoner but they could not. Look how Jesus responds to them in John 7:33-34:
Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me. 34 You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come” which leaves the Pharisees totally baffled by Jesus’ response to them.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Jesus said He came to cause division and that He would be a block of stumbling to many(See Romans 9:33) … Many today are offended by those who speak the truth about Jesus. In John 7:40-54 the people still do not as yet understand who Jesus was in their day and so the same applies to multitudes today.
Jesus came to fulfill the law not to do away with the spiritual principles of law. The letter of the law kills (See 2 Corinthians 3:6). But because of the legalism of religion, Jesus said that this “makes the word of God of no effect through tradition which have been handed down. And many such things you do” (See Mark 7:13, paraphrased). Jesus also said that “unless our righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will be no means enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20).
Saints Hebrews 13:9 warns us to “Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.” For “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (See Ephesians 4:5-6). Selah …
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