25 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? 27 But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” 28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.” 30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?” 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him. 33 Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.” 35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36 What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”
This passage is placed so uniquely in the timeline of Jesus ministry. The authorities are in the midst of planning his arrest but can not execute it yet because it isn’t time.
In Verse 28 Jesus explains that while the Pharisees have a knowledge of who He is in reference to his background, culture and upbringing they have missed the revelation of who he is in God. A solely informational awareness of who Jesus is will never catch the significance of who he is as our Lord and Saviour, the Messiah.
I am fascinated by the verse that explains the attempts to seize him, which resulted in no one laying a hand on him because his hour had not yet come. The visual element of this really grabbed my attention, they could not physically grab him nor detain him at this point. I love that God’s sovereignty is on full display in this moment.
Looking back on scripture is a privilege that allows us to see it within the context of the full story. The Pharisees knew the scriptures and knew that a Messiah was coming, however they missed it when Jesus was right there; they knew the information but missed the revelation. This scripture encourages me to continually remind myself to search for God in the situation, not to rely solely on history, understanding or experience but to actively choose to see God and to seek out the revelation.
Lord, thank you for your word. Thank you that it is the light for our feet and our guide to life. Help us to find you in our daily life. Give us eyes to see you in each circumstance, each situation we find ourselves in and lead us back to you with a fresh revelation of your love for us. Amen.
Written by Ps. Annique Botta