They had evil intentions for Him, and the town gossip was all about Him. Yet He was nowhere to be found. Jesus sent his brothers ahead into the feast of the tabernacles. He told them it wasn’t His opportunity, it wasn’t His time. So when the brothers got there, it seems as if the town was in a slight uproar. The Jews were asking where is He? They couldn’t wait to get their hands on Jesus; for they had evil intentions for Him. The town people were hesitant to take a stand for Jesus, because if they did they would be kicked out of the synagogue. Yet according to John, some said He was good, and some said no, He deceives the people. Some two thousand years later we are still asking the same questions about Jesus! Is He good? Is He bad? Is He a deceiver? Just who is Jesus?
In the beginning of his Gospel John wrote, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John believed Jesus was God, for he wrote, Jesus, the Word, existed throughout all of eternity. He was with God, and He was God, and that He created all things. Then John wrote, in Him was life. Not by Jesus, not through Jesus, but only in Jesus Christ was life. In Jesus Christ we can have spiritual life. Then John ended his thought by saying, . And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. Jesus Christ is a light in a dark and sinful world, and the dark and sinful world did not understand, did not comprehend, who Jesus Christ was. In fact, the thought could be expressed that the world wanted to seize him, to comprehend Him, with evil intentions. The Jews wanted to seize Jesus with evil intentions at the feast of the Tabernacles, but they couldn’t. It wasn’t time. Jesus still had work to do.
Also, Jesus Himself confessed to be God. In Mark chapter 14 Jesus is on trial. It was finally His time, and they seized Him with evil intentions, because He allowed them to. The high priest asked Jesus, are you the Christ? Jesus replied yes I am. Then just to do away with any doubt of who He really was, Jesus claimed to be the fulfilment of two messianic prophecies, Psalms 110:1 and Daniel 7:13. The Jews knew exactly what Jesus was saying and accused Him of blasphemy.
Paul also believed Jesus was God. Paul wrote in Romans 5:8-10 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Paul wrote we can only be reconciled, made right with God, only through the shed blood and death of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary. Then Paul wrote, we shall be saved by His life. Paul was talking about the resurrection life of Jesus Christ. In Romans 1:4 Paul wrote Jesus declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Paul wrote, the resurrection of Jesus proved that Jesus Christ was God.
Peter said Jesus was God. In Mathew chapter sixteen, Jesus asked his disciples who He was, and Peter said, thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus then told Peter, flesh and blood hath not revealed that to him, but only His father in Heaven.