John 7: No One like Jesus
In John 7, we see the beginnings of the plot to condemn Jesus to death, but even within the Pharisees, there was some dissension about what needed to be done.
Joh 7:45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?
Joh 7:46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
Joh 7:47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
Joh 7:48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?
Joh 7:49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
I point this out because the Pharisees thought they were the intellectual elite, and to be fair they were. They had studied the law, and they had been given their position in large part due to their knowledge. However, in verse 49, we see them claim that Jesus was nothing more than a deceiver of the simple. These people did not know the law, so they were drawn in by the miracle worker.
I think about this in context today. How many times have you heard that people who believe in God are deceived? How many times have you heard that people who believe in God are just foolish? I don’t think the atmosphere has changed very much. Followers of Christ are still criticized by some for believing what they would deem as impossible or unbelievable.
I like these temple guards though. Why didn’t they capture Him as commanded? Basically, there was no one like Jesus. They had never heard anything like this. That is also still true today. There is no one who can compare with God, and even if we don’t understand everything immediately, there is something about the message of Jesus Christ that is like no other.