Saturday, October 22, 2016
No One Had Ever Spoken Like This Man (John 7:45-52)
Amidst the confusion at the Feast of Tabernacles, officers had been sent to apprehend Jesus. They came back to the Pharisees empty-handed. and they were chastised by them. When they were asked why they had not brought Jesus with them, they replied that no one had ever spoken like this man. They were in awe. The officials accused them of being led astray along with the rest of the crowds. Nicodemus challenges them to use the Mosaic Law to determine if Jesus is guilty of any infraction, but the Pharisees accuse him of being led astray as well. Nicodemus had previously visited with Jesus in secret back in chapter three. He had been told by Jesus that he must be born again and that "God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life." Lord, help us all to hear Jesus, trust him, listen to him, and follow him.