Time is what keeps everything from happening at once. And it wasn’t His time! It just wasn’t His time! Jesus sent his brothers ahead of him into the Feast of tabernacles. With all the wrong motives and wrong desires, the brothers of Jesus wanted Him to go and prove what He could do. But Jesus told them it wasn’t His time, so they needed to go on ahead of Him into the Feast.
So we pick the story up in John 7:14 Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?” Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.
Jesus finally made it into the feast of Tabernacles, and about the middle of the feast Jesus taught in the temple. As usual his teaching just baffled the Jews. The Jews spent many years, if not practically a lifetime studying and learning and memorizing. They sat under a teacher for years to learn his ways. So they took great pride in who they sat under.
Here in the United States you can go to your local college, get your degree and hope you find a good job. Or you can go to a major state university, get your degree. If you go that route, your chances are better to finding a goodjob. But now if you go to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford or one of those Schools, the job will almost come looking for you. So it was with the Jews, they wanted the best teacher. They wanted the teacher with the best credentials.
But then Jesus came along. He had no credentials. He never studied under anyone, other than his Father in heaven. Yet His teachings had such authority and such power, the Jews were left dumbfounded. Something about that whole situation just didn’t add up for the Jews. They spent years and years and years honing their craft, earning their credentials, and then Jesus, a son of a carpenter, comes along and just blows them out of the water. They didn’t understand. They might have felt cheated. But no one could deny the authority and power from the teachings of Jesus.
So they asked, how does this man know letters having never studied? Jesus answered, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. Jesus set them straight, He told the Jews, His authority if from God alone. Then He told them, anyone who is determined to God’s will, will discover that Jesus didn’t speak from His own authority, but from the authority of His father. Those who do God’s will with pure heart will understand just who is Jesus Christ.
Then in verse 19 Jesus said, did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keep the law. Why do you go about to kill me? Jesus was starting to step on some toes now. He was getting to the crux of the matter. The Jewish leaders were not doing the will of God, because they were not keeping the law. Oh they might have been keeping the law outwardly, going through the motions, being religious, doing all the right things to impress others, but on the inside, their hearts were far away from God. In Mathew 15, Jesus told the Jews, they honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.
The Jewish leaders were saying and doing all the right things to look good in front of the people, but their hearts were far from God. The Jewish leaders were so far from God, they wanted to kill Jesus. The common people didn’t know the evil intentions of the Jews, but Jesus did. For man looks upon the appearance, but God looks upon the heart.
It is not enough for us just to go through the motions of playing a Christian of trying to put on a front for others to see. In fact, God despises such a life. He would rather us be hot or cold, than lukewarm. May we be like Pater and John in Acts chapter four? They were standing before the Sanhedrin and being questions for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Despite facing beatings and imprisonment they would not back down. Peter and John spoke with such authority and power that the Jewish leaders concluded, these common and unlearned men, these men without credentials, had been with Jesus.