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Do You Believe Jesus Is the Christ?

(John 7:25-31)

I. Introduction.
A. Orientation.
Its been said that seeing is believing.
You can try to convince me all day that something is true,
But unless I can see it with my own eyes, I wont believe you.
Isnt that what Thomas meant, when he told his fellow disciples,
Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place
of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe (John 20:25).
But what did Jesus say to him?
[Thomas,] reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your
hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing. Thomas
answered and said to Him, My Lord and my God! Jesus said to him, Because
you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and
yet believed (vv. 27-29).

Thomas thought he had to see before he could believe.


But is that true? No.
There were many Jews who saw and didnt believe
For them, seeing was not believing.
But there have been many more throughout the history of the church
Who never saw, and yet they believed,
As Jesus said they would.

B. Preview.
None of us here this morning

Have seen these things with our eyes


Or ever will see these things
Because they happened nearly two thousand years ago
But many of us believe theyre true!
We believe Jesus is the Christ,
And weve trusted Him.
Why?
Because God is merciful!
He not only had His eye witnesses write these things down,
And made sure that we would hear about them from His Word,
He sent His Spirit to open our eyes
And to show us to convince us theyre true.

But there are also some here who havent believed.


Youve heard the same things the rest of us have,
But you still havent trusted Jesus.
Why not?
Were going to look at some of the reasons this morning,
Because theyre the same reasons many of these Jews didnt believe.
But were also going to see why you should.

Lets look at three things:


1. The questions the Jews had about Jesus.
2. What Jesus had to say about Himself.

3. And how the Jews were divided.


II. Sermon.
A. First, lets consider the questions the Jews had about Jesus.
They had three:
1. Is this the One our leaders want to kill?
2. Hes speaking and no one is doing anything about it does this mean they now
believe He is the Christ?
3. How can He be the Christ, since we know where He came from?

1. First, they asked, Is this the One our leaders want to kill?
So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, Is this not the man whom
they are seeking to kill? (v. 25).
Remember, Jesus had come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Booths.
There were many others who had come from all over the Roman Empire
This was one of the three mandatory feasts.
But many of them knew nothing about the plot to kill Him.
There were even many from Jerusalem who didnt know.
We saw that when Jesus asked the crowd why they wanted to kill Him,
They thought He was mad (John 7:20).

But there were some from Jerusalem who did know.


Word was getting out that the leaders wanted to kill Him
Because He had healed a man on the Sabbath.
In their minds, He had broken the fourth commandment
And that demanded capital punishment

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God did say that was the penalty (Num. 15:35),
But mercy was also possible;
If it wasnt, we would all have to be put to death
For breaking Gods Law
The wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23).

The problem with their assessment was that Jesus didnt break it
When He healed that man at the pool of Bethesda
He honored His Father, the Law, and His neighbor,
By showing the man mercy
Something He calls us to do, especially on the Sabbath:
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy (Matt. 5:7).

Was that the real reason they wanted to kill Him?


No. It was merely an excuse.
They knew it was right to show mercy on the Sabbath
They frequently did so to their animals.
The real reason was that they hated Jesus.
They hated how popular He was with the people.
They hated that He could do miracles
Miracles that proved He was the Christ,
Something they could not bring themselves to admit.
Even when He cast out demons
Showing that He had come to destroy Satans kingdom

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They accused Him of being in league with the devil (Matt. 12:24).
They hated the fact that what He said exposed their hypocrisy and sin.
They didnt want to give up their position, their power.

Jesus referred to them in one of His parables:


But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, We do not
want this man to reign over us (Luke 19:14).
This is why any who reject Him do so:
They hate Him and dont want Him to rule over them.

Some of you here this morning havent received Him,


You havent trusted Him. Why not?
Is it because you hate Him as well?
Is it because you dont want Him to reign over you?
Because you dont want Him to tell you what to do?
Is it because He calls you to give up everything,
To lay down your life and follow Him?
The fact that you think this way
Is evidence in itself that what the Bible says is true:
Paul writes, The mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not
subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who
are in the flesh cannot please God (Rom. 8:7-8).

You will never receive Him as long as youre in this condition.


You need the Holy Spirit to change your heart,
To break the power of your flesh,

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To give you a new spirit.

Thats what the Lord will give you


If you will come and ask Him.
He is merciful and gracious.
He came to save those who are bound by sin.
He wont turn you away.
Come and ask.

2. Second, the Jews wondered if somewhere along the line


Their leaders had changed their minds.
Look, He is speaking publicly, and they are saying nothing to Him. The rulers
do not really know that this is the Christ, do they? (v. 26).
This One they said they wanted to kill
Is in the Temple, teaching all the people,
But theyre doing nothing about it.
Do they now think He is the Christ?

This was a misjudgment on their part.


Their leaders hadnt changed their minds.
Its just that Jesus was now in front of an audience,
Some of whom believed in Him.
If they tried to arrest Him now,
They would start a riot,
Which would bring the Roman officials,

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And that wouldnt go well for them.
No, if theyre going to take Him,
They must do it secretly.
This is why, remember,
Jesus didnt go up to the Feast publicly with His brothers,
But did so in secret, because it wasnt time for Him to die.

Would it have made any difference if the leaders had believed? Yes!
If they had, the people would have been far more inclined to listen to Him.
As youre reading through the book of 1 Chronicles,
Notice how the people tended to follow their kings.

Thats the kind of effect leadership has.


When the leaders of a country are godly,
The country goes in a godly direction.
When theyre ungodly
Well, just look around you!
The same is true in the church and family.

But lets not forget that whatever kind of leadership were under,
The Lord still holds us accountable to do whats right:
If God calls you to do one thing,
But those around you are influencing you to do something else,
You still need to do what God says.
As well see this evening,

This is what the Spirit will give you the desire to do:
You need to yield to Him,
As He leads you to obey Gods Law/rules.

3. Third, they wondered how Jesus could possibly be the Christ, since they knew
where He came from.
However, we know where this man is from; but whenever the Christ may
come, no one knows where He is from (v. 27).
What did they mean?

They didnt mean no one would know the place He was to be born:
When Herod asked the chief priests and scribes,
They told him, In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the
prophet: AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH, ARE BY NO
MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH; FOR OUT OF
YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY
PEOPLE ISRAEL (Matt. 2:4-6).
The Jews will even use the fact
That Jesus comes from Galilee and not from Bethlehem,
As a reason to reject Him.
Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, This
certainly is the Prophet. Others were saying, This is the Christ. Still others
were saying, Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He?
Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of
David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was? So a division
occurred in the crowd because of Him (John 7:40-43).

What they meant was the mystery regarding His conception:


Isaiah writes, Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin
will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel
(7:14).

We know from the New Testament


That the Spirit conceived Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
But they didnt know how this could happen
Where the Christ that was to be conceived would come from.

However, with regard to Jesus


As far as they could see
He was born of Joseph and Mary
And raised in Nazareth of Galilee.
He couldnt be the Christ.
And yet, thats exactly who He is.

He is the One conceived in the Virgin,


The One God sent to be the only Savior of mankind.
Joseph had a difficult time understanding where this child had come from as
well.
He even thought about divorcing Mary.
Matthew writes, But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to
take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the
Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He
will save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:20-21).
The angel said to name Him Jesus,
Because He would save His people from their sins
That name means Yahweh [the Lord] is salvation.
He is able to save you.

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He will save you, if you will only look to Him.

The thief on the cross looked to Jesus


In the last moments of his life and was saved:
He prayed, Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom! And He
said to him, Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise
(Luke 23:42-43).
If you will look to Him in faith, He will save you.

B. These were the questions the Jews had about Jesus.


But what did Jesus have to say about Himself?
Then Jesus cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, You both know Me and
know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true,
whom you do not know. I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent Me
(vv. 28-29).
Jesus is saying here that He is the Christ.

He admits that they know Him and where Hes from


Its also possible that He meant this as a question:
Do you both know Me and where I am from?
They knew part of it.
They knew He was from Nazareth of Galilee.
They knew His parents.
But did they really know?

Jesus here is answering the question


Where the Christ was to come from,
By pointing out where He came from:

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He came down from heaven.


He didnt come of Himself, on His own initiative
The Father sent Him into the world
By uniting Him with a human nature in the womb of the Virgin,
To be the Savior of the world.

Who is this One the Father sent?


The One who knows Him,
Because He is from Him
The One who is in the most intimate of relationships with the Father,
Because He is His Son.
Isaiah writes, For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the
government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (9:6).
Jesus said, For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not
send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved
through Him (John 3:16-17).

Jesus was also quick to point out


That these Jews didnt know the One who sent Him that is, the Father.
If they had, they would have received His Son His Christ.
Jesus will say in His high priestly prayer,
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ
whom You have sent (John 17:3).

Do you know Him?

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Do you believe the Father sent Him, that He is Gods Son?
Are you in a personal relationship with God through faith in His name?
That is the only way you can have eternal life
Thats what eternal life is.
If you dont, I would again invite you to trust Jesus this morning.

C. Finally, we see the Jews were divided: most didnt believe, but many did.
1. First, there were those who didnt.
So they were seeking to seize Him; and no man laid his hand on Him, because
His hour had not yet come (v. 30).
Some tried to arrest Him, but they couldnt
Because the time He would give Himself into their hands
To be crucified, die and raised again had not yet come.
These didnt believe.

2. But there were many who did.


But many of the crowd believed in Him; and they were saying, When the
Christ comes, He will not perform more signs than those which this man has,
will He? (v. 31).
Why did they believe?
Because they saw the miracles He did.
Remember when John sent messengers to Jesus
To ask if He was the expected One,
Or if they should look for someone else,
Jesus said to them, Go and report to John what you hear and see: the BLIND
RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear,

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the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO
THEM. And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me (Matt. 11:4-6).
He did the things the Christ was to do
The things only He could do.
They couldnt conceive of anyone doing more
Than what Jesus had already done.
This must be Him!

But did they believe because they saw the miracles firsthand?
There were many who saw and didnt believe.
Remember what Jesus said to Thomas,
Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not
see, and yet believed (John 20:29).

The Spirit doesnt need to work


Through miracles that can be seen firsthand.
Jesus cant be here in every age to prove He is the Christ.
He did that once for all when He came,
And He had what He did written down by eyewitnesses
So that you could believe without seeing
So that His Spirit could bear witness to their testimony in your hearts,
So that you could have eternal life.

Do you believe His Word?


Do you believe the witness the Spirit bears to that Word?
Have you trusted Jesus the Christ?

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If you have, then you have eternal life.


If not, I would again invite you to do so this morning.

God really did send His Son.


Jesus really did die on the cross for sinners.
He really will save you from a very real hell,
If you will only believe and receive Him.
Trust Jesus, and He will save you. Amen.
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