When Christ Comes

When Christ comes, will He do more?

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When Christ Comes

John 7:25-31 When Christ Comes

JOHN 7:25-31  25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, Is this not He whom they seek to kill? 26 But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ? 27 However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from." 28 Then Jesus 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. 29 But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.” 30 Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. 31 And many out of the crowd believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”

Who vindicated Jesus' assertion of a murder plot?
Some in the crowd who were "from Jerusalem" (John 7:25), where the Jewish "rulers" (John 7:26) lived. Not everyone in the crowd were visitors for the feast. Some were locals to whom the murder plot apparently had leaked out, and who now wondered if the rulers' silence amounted to their recognition of Jesus as the "Christ" (John 7:26).

How many errors are in their statement in John 7:27?

What is one of them?
Their claim, "when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from" (John 7:27) is false since prophet Micah had prophesied that the "One to be Ruler" will come out of "Bethlehem." (Micah 5:2)

What is the other error?
Although Jesus was from Galilee, where they thought He had been born, His birthplace was Bethlehem.

Is that what Jesus tells them in John 7:28-29?
No, He skips over that and reveals His real origin, which isn't a place, but God the Father in heaven.

Why couldn’t they take Him?
"Because His hour had not yet come." (John 7:30)

Who will determine that hour?

By the way, why might God have chosen a place called, "Bethlehem" as the place of Jesus' birth?
"Bethlehem" in Hebrew literally means, "house" (beth) of "bread" (lechem), so the "bread of life" (John 6:48) came from the bakery.

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