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.” So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”
The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.” The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?” John 7:25-36.
We often forget that Jesus was already known by a lot of people before He ever healed anyone. He was a local boy whose father was a carpenter. He and His family went to Jerusalem every year for religious feasts. He was a nice kid that never caused any trouble and was probably on the honor role every semester. But suddenly He comes out as a great teacher and miracle worker. And maybe He’s the Messiah?
Jesus did challenge and continues to challenge the systems of this world. If He was not the Son of God, and His claims were not true, who was He? How did He become the central figure of human history? Why do millions continue to put their faith in Him year after year, sometimes putting themselves in great peril to do so?
Jesus willingly put Himself in peril, even giving up His life in an excruciatingly painful way, to become the Savior of the world. Was He a nut, or was He the Son of God? I was born and raised in Troy, New York. I come from an undistinguished working class family, and I’ve been a household servant for forty years. Today I tell random strangers that I am an ambassador for Christ, and that God is no longer holding their sins against them because of who Jesus is and what He did for them. Am I a nut, or have I heard the voice of God? You will have to listen to find out.