“Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the Law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” (John 7:19-24).
In spite of increasing opposition to Him and His ministry, Jesus nevertheless continued to teach with authority as God’s Son. The Jews who heard Him were continuously astonished and amazed and consequently continuously said “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” (John 7:15)
It would be at this moment during the feast Jesus would give five reasons why He was the fulfillment and source of Israel’s redemption. In other words, Jesus would teach that He was the fulfillment of the Feast of the Tabernacles. Jesus would give five specific reasons regarding His identity and purpose for coming to earth. These reasons form the bulk of the remaining portion of John 7.
Reason number one is that Jesus’ supernatural knowledge of the Scriptures originated from God the Father Himself. Jesus taught “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.” The difference discovered in Jesus’ teaching was found in its source, i.e., the Father gave it to him (8:26, 40, 46–47; 12:49–50).
The second reason pointing to Jesus as God was that His teaching and knowledge could be tested and proven to be truth. “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.” Jesus’ teaching up to this point in John’s Gospel includes man’s need for a spiritual birth (John 3), living water (John 4), and spiritual nourishment likened unto bread (John 6).
The third reason Jesus gave proving that He is God was that His actions and behavior demonstrated His selfless identity as God. “The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.”
The fourth reason pointing to Jesus as God was His startling impact on the world. ““Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?”
The fifth reason pointing to Jesus as God was His miraculous work. “Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the Law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
One of the most profound ironies in Scripture was the Jews rejecting and disbelieving the many “signs” Jesus publicly performed demonstrating that He was Emmanuel: God in the flesh. Signs from God were the very thing the Jews wanted, yet when God gave them signs evidencing His identity, they rejected not only the signs but He as well.
I Corinthians 1:18-24 says, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
The very signs the Jews demanded, and which Jesus gave, they rejected as they eventually rejected Him. It was the most important sign, which the Jews and others, reject today. It is the sign of the cross.
Simply believing in the existence of God is not enough to be saved from the wrath of God. Salvation from the penalty, power and eventual presence of sin is by accepting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as a substitutionary atonement on the sinner’s behalf, by repenting of one’s sin and receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This is the right judgment of which we are to judge the work of Jesus on the cross.
Soli deo Gloria!