8/24/15 Yes – No – Maybe?

Immediately, the crowd around Jesus erupts with debate.  “He must be the Messiah!”  “No, I don’t think so, but He could be Elijah, who is to come first.”  “He is trying to trick us with His fancy words, trying to gain a following.  Don’t listen to Him!”  “He is from Galilee!  We all know the Messiah doesn’t come from Galilee, He will come from Bethlehem, and be a descendant of King David.”  This goes on for some time, for the Jews were fierce in their convictions and each wanted to make himself heard.  The Pharisees and Sadducees of the Sanhedrin (the ruling council of the Jews) are not present here, because they are at the Temple holding an emergency session.  But they have sent the Temple guards, who are surveying the scene in perplexity, unsure how to proceed.  Now, some of the people present begin to grow angry enough to want to capture Jesus, even though they are not part of the plots of the Pharisees or Sadducees.  But nobody dares to come near Him, not even the Temple guards, for what if they are wrong about Him, and He really is the Messiah?

John 7:40-44


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