Hostility toward Jesus begins to increase today starting with His own brothers who do not believe that He is the Messiah. They try to get Jesus to go and prove Himself by telling Him to leave Galilee, where He is safe, and go to the Feast of Tabernacle (Feast of Booths) in Judea where the Jews are trying to kill Him. Jesus says His time, the cross, has not yet come. But it will come soon.
”Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.” See, there is a major debate between the Samaritans and the Jews regarding the place of worship. The Samaritans incorrectly believe that Mount Gerizim is the one location you should go to worship the Lord. So they built a temple there instead of Jerusalem.
When the disciples see this rejection, they suggest that Jesus rain fire down on the Samaritans and kill them. 😳 But Jesus says no, “for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” 🙌
Jesus arrives at the Feast of Tabernacle, about the middle of the Feast, and goes to the temple and teaches. Then the Jews start calling Him all sorts of things. Some say He is a good man, others say He is a deceiver, and some even say He is demon-possessed.
But Jesus holds firm to the truth that He has been sent by His Father. He says, “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.” We see how Jesus is not bound to this world when a man asks to follow Jesus and Jesus responds, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” This world is not Jesus’s home. He has been sent here on a rescue mission by His Father.
Jesus tells them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me. You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.” The people are confused bc they don’t realize He is speaking of heaven. Only those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior will go to heaven (John 14:6). That is why “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ’If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” Ten days after Jesus’s coming ascension to heaven, on the Day of Pentecost, the Lord will pour the Holy Spirit upon His people.
Well the Pharisees still don’t believe Him and even worse, they are still trying to find a way to take Him down by catching Him breaking the Law. So they throw an adulterous woman at His feet to see if Jesus will stone her per the Law (Leviticus 20:10). Unlike the Pharisees, Jesus is not all about destroying others. He came to restore. So He rebukes the Pharisees, restores the woman, and tells the crowd, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”🙌
(John 7:1-9, Luke 9:51-56, Matthew 8:18-22, Luke 9:57-62, John 7:10-8:20)