The Gospel of John
Jesus at the Feast of Booths, part 2 &
Can This Be the Christ?
Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passages of Scripture. Reread them. From memory, determine the central points.
- During the middle of the Feast of Booths, Jesus, alone, arrives in Jerusalem, enters the temple and begins to teach. There is no mention of the Twelve being with Him.
- The religious leaders are shocked at the wisdom of this person who has not studied in a rabbinical school.
- Jesus’ quickly states that which they are hearing is from the Father, and those who honor the Father would know this.
- Jesus states that the leaders do not keep the law of Moses, which law they boost to obey. And why, because they seek to murder Him, which is a violation of Moses’ law.
- The leaders are so enraged they accuse Him of being demon possessed. Jesus responds that He did one thing, healed a man on the Sabbath, which the leaders considered a violation of the law. At the same time they themselves work on the Sabbath by circumcising males on the 8th day after their birth.
- This exchange is overheard by the crowd, which cause some of them to wonder if indeed Jesus is the Messiah. After all, Jesus is even teaching in the temple, and during the feast of Booths, and the leaders allow this.
- These people claim to know where Jesus comes from, and of course, nothing good comes from Nazareth. Yet, at the time of Jesus’ birth, it was known that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem. Did this generation not know this?
- As is usually the case, some of those who were at the temple rejected Him, but some believed.