know him. I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” They would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him because his time had not yet come.
“I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” The enemies of Jesus presume they know where the Messiah comes from. They base their knowledge on their own tentative interpretations. At this time Jesus is at large because he violated the Sabbath and claimed to be equal to God.The Jews look for him during the Feast of Tents (or Booths) which celebrates the forty-year wandering of the Hebrew people in the Sinai desert before entering the Promised Land. Every male Jew is required to attend this. They are on the look out to arrest him. They do not tolerate his grave offenses. It is bad for their religion if he is not contained and disciplined.In the Temple, Jesus in a loud voice disproves that the authorities know about the Messiah and where he is coming from. They are all wrong. He is the Messiah, “christos“ in Greek. He comes from God. He is sent by God. He has been laying his claims on this by making signs (miracles). There is no need for further scrutiny or debate.Present authorities can be so brutal or extra careful if they are not sure of what they know or do. They will silence an innocent man for their comfort.
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