John 7:44-52

John 7:44-52 has the religious leaders again wanting to arrest Jesus.  But His presence was overpowering, and no one dared touch Him.  “Some even wanted him arrested, but no one laid a hand on him”.  During His time on earth, Jesus divided people. People could not truly be of two opinions about Jesus, so some would be for Him while others would be against Him.  The temple guards are questioned for the lack of execution in arresting Him.  “When the Temple guards returned without having arrested Jesus, the leading priests and Pharisees demanded, Why didn’t you bring him in”?  They certainly wanted it done, but were not out there assisting at all.

The leaders got an answer they were not expecting.  “We have never heard anyone speak like this! the guards responded”.  Jesus was different from anyone they had ever experienced before.  These officers of the temple had heard many rabbis teach, but they never heard anyone speak like Jesus. They were so impressed by the message of Jesus that they found it impossible to do their assigned work of arresting and silencing Him.  The religious leaders mock the guards.  “Have you been led astray, too? the Pharisees mocked. Is there a single one of us rulers or Pharisees who believes in him”? They turn up their noses at these simple guards who have fallen for what they believe to be Jesus deceit.

But backing up the guards was the crowd that was following Jesus.  “This foolish crowd follows him, but they are ignorant of the law. God’s curse is on them”!  The religious leaders put no stock in them at all, and felt they were foolish and ignorant.  The pride of the religious leaders was plain, as was their despising of the common people in the crowd. They hoped to shame and intimidate the temple guard who didn’t arrest Jesus with the idea that all the smart and spiritual people don’t follow Jesus – neither should they.  Things seem to be moving toward escalation, so one of the Pharisees intervenes.

Then Nicodemus, the leader who had met with Jesus earlier, spoke up. “Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?” he asked. They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself—no prophet ever comes from Galilee!” Then the meeting broke up, and everybody went home”.  Nicodemus tried to reason with the religious leaders, warning them against judging Jesus too hastily.  The religious leaders who lived in Jerusalem and Judea despised the people of Galilee, and often mocked them. To these religious leaders from Judea, nothing good could come from Galilee.  They were wrong, very wrong in fact, but at this time Nicodemus diverted their attention and plan and Jesus continues to minister and teach.

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