“Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant in whom you delight. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple.
It was the early church apologist Justin Martyr, who recorded a conversation with a Jew. The Jew believed, along with many in the days of Jesus, that the Messiah would just burst upon the scene; he would suddenly appear to establish his throne as the messiah and the people would have no idea where he came from. So perhaps Malachi 3:1 “And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple” might be one verse where they drew their belief.
So in John 7:25-27 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.”
Throughout much of the Gospels, when Jesus wasn’t speaking to an individual, he was usually speaking to the Jews, the religious leaders of the day; then there was the crowd, those were the ones who supported Jesus, they liked Him, they followed Him and many believed in Him. But they were not up to speed on the Jews’ intent to kill Jesus. Now another group of people entered the picture, in the NKJV they were called, “some of them from Jerusalem”. Some versions may even called them Jerusalemites. The Jerusalemites were up to speed on the Jews’ plan to kill Jesus. In fact, they even seemed to be in on the notion. They liked the idea of getting rid of this trouble maker, this guy called Jesus.
So in this section of the story, the Jerusalemites were there listening to Jesus and then they started talking among themselves, wondering why the Jews haven’t arrested Jesus yet. So for a slight second it seemed as though they thought the Jews thought Jesus might be the Messiah, but then they quickly talked themselves out of it and said, “No, we know where this guy is from, but when the Messiah comes we will have no idea where he comes from. They thought the messiah would burst upon the scene, and no one would know where he came from. They were looking for a mysterious appearance of the messiah. But it wasn’t so with Jesus.
Then He 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. But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.” Jesus, perhaps frustrated at their lack of understanding of who He was and where came from, shouted to the crowd trying to trying to help them understand who He was and why He came. You know me and you know where I came from, I came from God, I am God and my Father sent me. Come on! Why is that so hard to believe? Open your ears and you will hear. But long before the days of Jesus, Jeremiah wrote about Judah and Jerusalem, “To whom shall I speak and give warning that they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised and they cannot give heed. Behold, the word of the Lord is offensive to them; they have no delight in it.
So John wrote, “Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come”. Jesus had everything under control. Everything was going according to His plan. Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many, and not even Satan could undo His plan.
Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, by which also you are saved. For I delivered unto you first of which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
Jesus paid it all, all to Him we owe!