The speech of our Lord Jesus Christ is many things, and I freely acknowledge that a few paragraphs dont touch the tip of the ice berg! Nonetheless, let us take some time to examine the speech of Christ in John 7. Some points will be directly dealing with His speech and some other points deal with public perception and the effects of our Savior. My hope is that as you read, this study will encourage you to live more earnestly for Him.
First observe verse 12 and 13 "And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: otheres said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews." It always amazes me how much like today the past was. In the scriptures we see people speaking about Jesus but not openly. Some are saying good things others negative but neither very loud for fear of the Jews. Fear often makes us cowards. These murmurers in the scriptures were being negatively influenced by those in charge. They would not speak boldy because it was not popular. This reminds me today of many that want to be identified 'kind of' with Christ. They want to be close to Christianity but not bold about it.
Second, notice the teaching of Christ and its result. verse 14 and 15 " Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?" The teaching of Jesus makes men marvel! It was not only what Jesus taught but how He taught. We will see both in the following and later verses of the chapter.
Verse 16-18 "Jesus answered them and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." Throughout the gospel records we see clearly that Jesus was about His Father's business. The doctrine was the Father's and the glory was the Father's. Perhaps this is what made men marvel. Jesus was teaching some things these people had not heard. Things at which they marvelled. Jesus made it clear that righteousness was not in mans works. Righteousness that matters is from God alone and cannot be earned. Another thing that made men marvel is Jesus gave the glory or the credit, honor, reverence to the Father. Now, I understand that the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all one in the God head but I see Jesus directing the gaze of the people to the Father. Yet another example we should follow. As we speak, encourage others to behold the Lord and then in their beholding they will become more like Him,.
Next notice how Jesus speaks. Verse 26 "But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?" How different Jesus is when He speaks! At this time, Jesus is a marked man. The religous authorities who were also the civil authorities want Him dead, but He is still so bold! This is one of my favorite characteristics of the Lord! God help us to realize that a man of God in the will of God doing the work of God is indestructible till he has accomplished what God has given him to do. God help us to deliver the truth to those in need with passion and compassion and with boldness!