Salutations. I’m reading through most of the New Testament, chapter by chapter, and logging some of my thoughts here in my journal. I continue this study, looking at the message of Salvation and John the Baptist’s Testamony.
At the beginning of Chapter 7, Jesus goes to the Festival of Tabernacles. In that story, one can probably find a deep message, but I admit as to being at a bit of a loss. I did note that some said Jesus was a ‘good man.’ I find that same comment made today, by man. Unfortunately, that is wrong since it is only a partial truth. While certainly a “Good Man,” Jesus Christ is best described as the Son of God, the Light and the Word.
Verse 18 says, “Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” Ironically enough, when I searched for the one true faith many years ago, I knocked many contenders out of the race with this criteria right here. Any religion that elevates a man (either the prophet bringing the message, or later on), generally falls into the false category. Man seeks to glorify man. Sad.
As we read the next paragraph or so, where Jesus continues to be questioned, we see Him speak often of the source of His authority. We need to also remember this. Today, we work in the name of Jesus. Later on, the disciples would do all of their works through His name. We must constantly keep our mind on the source of our power and authority. In and of ourselves, we do no good thing.
Towards verse 40 or so, we see them arguing on that question ‘who is Jesus?’ That debate rages to this day. It amazes me, though, that some very basic questions were raised, even while He was still alive.