Misunderstanding Jesus

Text: John 7:12

When Jesus came to earth, many did not understand who He was or why He was here. Many do not understand Jesus today. Several misunderstandings are found in John 7. Most of them were partially right, but missed the whole truth about Jesus. In this lesson, we will consider how people misunderstood Jesus in this chapter and see what we can learn.

“He is a Good Man” (v. 12)

  • Controversy began with some saying that Jesus was a “good man
  • Partially true – He never committed even one sin (1 Peter 2:22; John 18:38; 19:4)
  • Whole truth – He was more than just a good man; He was God in the flesh (Colossians 2:9)

“He Leads the People Astray” (v. 12)

  • Many saw Jesus as a deceiver (cf. Matthew 27:63)
  • Partially true – Jesus certainly did not lead people away from the Father, but away from the religious elites (Matthew 15:14)
  • Whole truth – Jesus’ mission was to bring “many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10); He was the only way to the Father (John 14:6)

He Had “Never Been Educated” (v. 15)

  • Despite no formal education, it was apparent that Jesus’ teaching was different from what they were used to (Matthew 7:28-29; John 7:45-46)
  • Partially true – no formal education or human teacher; but He did not need them (John 1:1)
  • Whole truth – His message was from God in heaven (Hebrews 1:2; John 7:16; 8:38-40; 15:15)

He Had “a Demon” (v. 20)

  • Jesus said that some sought to kill Him (John 7:19, 1) because He healed a man on the Sabbath and made Himself out to be equal with God (John 5:18) – yet the crowd either ignored or was unaware of this, so they accused Him of having a demon
  • Not true – Jesus said later that Satan had “nothing in Me” (John 14:30)
  • Truth – Jesus came to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8; cf. Genesis 3:15)

He Could Not Be the Christ (v. 27, 41-42)

  • Some claimed that Jesus could not be the Christ because He was from Galilee – the Christ would come from Bethlehem
  • Partially true – the Christ would come from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2); but they assumed that since Jesus lived in Galilee, He could not have been born in Bethlehem
  • Whole truth – He was born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:4-7) as a fulfillment of that prophecy; Jesus fulfilled all prophecies about the Christ (Luke 24:44)

He Was “the Prophet” (v. 40)

  • The Prophet” was the one who would be like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15) – but the Jews did not believe that this was the same as “the Christ” (John 7:41); they thought they were two different people
  • Partially true – Jesus was the prophet who would be raised up like Moses (Acts 3:22)
  • Whole truth – Jesus was “the Prophet” and “the Christ” (Acts 3:20; 2:36)

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