Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to kill?
But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?
However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.”
Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.
[John 7:25-28 NKJV]
John seems to be running through a list of the objections which had been made to Jesus being The Christ — the Anointed One — and showing how Jesus dealt with each objection. Now, those who tried to condemn Jesus said that they knew where He came from, and so, they reasoned, He cannot be The Christ.
Jesus’ reply, that ‘you know where I am from’, but you do not know the One who sent me, comes from a deeper view of reality that only He possesses, and others have yet to discover. He speaks to tear down false assumptions, to confound muddled thinking and deal with careless prejudice that leaves people powerless to carry through their threats to kill Him — ‘No one laid a hand on Him’ it says in verse 30.
‘...because His time had not yet come.’ This gives us a close-up of how Jesus was focussed on ‘His time’. He would go out of His way to avoid trouble, but if it was unavoidable, He had confidence in God to carry Him through the difficulty, because He knew the end from the beginning, and that this was not ‘His time’.
This is a powerful message to all who believe — because Jesus is ‘the pattern son’. Therefore we can have this same confidence trusting in Him, because He has shown us the way. We will also be aware — by the Holy Spirit — if ‘His time’ is now or to come for us. Another way of saying ‘trust in Him’.
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
[1Timothy 1:15-16 NKJV]
Notion your mind with the idea that God is there. Nothing happens in any particular unless God’s will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART