Did you notice? Did you notice that the Jews had no idea who Jesus was or why He walked up on this earth?
In John chapter eight beginning with verse forty one, they, the Jews, said to Jesus, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
When the Jews told Jesus, “We were not born of fornication” scholars pretty much agree that the Jews were insinuating that Jesus was born illegitimately! Surely the Jews remembered the story surrounding the miraculous, virgin birth, of Jesus Christ. Even if they weren’t around at the time of the birth of Jesus the details of His birth were still known in the region. There were other stories regarding the birth of Jesus claiming He was born illegitimately but those stories were well past the time of this conversation of Jesus with the Jews as far as scholars know. But certainly there was that chance of some strange story surrounding the birth of Jesus floating around at the time. However in the context of the story, strangely the Jews called Jesus a Samaritan. Perhaps, since Jesus didn’t keep the whole law, often healing on the Sabbath, the Jews saw Jesus as a law breaker just like the Samaritans whom the Jews despised. Jesus was no Jew, and certainly not the Messiah in the eyes of the Jews. Perhaps, some of them even saw Jesus as a heretic.
Then Jesus told the Jews they were children of the devil, the father of all lies. That didn’t sit well with the Jews. They thought they had a special connection with God since they were from Abraham. They were God’s chosen children, so how dare Jesus call them children of the devil. That poured some gas on the kindling fire inside the Jews. No doubt that raised the hair on the back of their necks. The truth hurt! It stung, so they reviled against Him and believed a lie and despised the truth; they believed lie and crucified the Lord of Glory upon the cross of Calvary. They couldn’t get past their preconceived notions of Jesus so they hung Him on the cross.
Oh the Jews didn’t over power Jesus. They didn’t outsmart Jesus. They didn’t out do Jesus in any way shape or form to get Him to the cross. Just hours before His crucifixion Jesus stood silently before Pilate, so Pilate said to Jesus, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?” Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given to you from above. Jesus laid down His life for your sin and my sin. Paul wrote in II Corinthians chapter five: that if one died for all, then all were dead, and that they live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
The Jews had no idea who Jesus was because they were buried in their own preconceived notions of Him, and those notions were all wrong, terribly wrong. It is one thing to have preconceived notions about things in this life, but it is quite another thing to have wrongful preconceived notions about Jesus Christ and then to stand on the wrong side of all of eternity!