Bold Proclamation

John 7:10-11, [Jesus] also went up [to the Feast of Booths] not publicly, but in private. The Jews were looking for Him at the feast, and saying, “Where is He?”

Why was Jesus hiding from these Jews? Jesus said He was not going up to the feast yet, since His time “has not yet fully come” (v. 8). So, perhaps the Jews were looking for Him because they were expecting Him to attend this traditional feast (He was a Jew, after all), and perhaps He was hiding until the opportune moment for Him to continue preaching. It wasn’t until the middle of the feast when He began to preach in the Temple (v. 14), where He makes the claim that His teachings are not His alone but come from God the Father—a bold thing to say at this time and place. Jesus was not afraid of the opposition to face Him, for the words He preached at this feast are not easy to hear.

Jesus was not afraid in His preaching of God’s Word, and so neither should we. The world’s hostility did not move Him to disregard the command and Word of God because they don’t like what God has to say. So then, why should we? Many don’t like what God has to say about homosexuality, promiscuity, lust, drunkenness, and so on, yet many Christians are cowardly enough to disregard the command and Word of God for the sake of capitulating to the world. Jesus did not budge, so why should we? We must proclaim the Word of God with boldness and confidence, certain of the Word we have received. For it is the norm and guide of our lives; we are not the norm and guide of the Scriptures.

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