|Posted by pastorsloan on March 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM|
John 7:32-36 (ESV2011)
32The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.33Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me.34 You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.”35The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?36What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not findme,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”
Jesus is at the Feast of Tabernacles – the Feast of Feasts. There was debate about who Jesus was. How could he teach with such authority? Was he a demon? Could he be the Christ? Jesus continues to instruct them that He has been sent from the Father and is doing the Father’s will. Still they cannot see that. The discuss and debate come to the point where the Pharisees believe they are going to put an end to this (and maybe an end to Jesus as well), but Jesus throws them off by bringing up His destination.
Jesus tells those who have come to arrest him that He is not going to be around much longer, and when He does go they will not find Him and cannot follow Him. These are brazen words for someone who is facing arrest. But Jesus is doing much more than “catch me if you can.” Jesus is giving a profound message about his mission and destination.
The Jews thought Jesus was leaving town and going among theJews who lived in other lands. But Jesus was not just getting out of town, He was continuing His mission. He was going home. The Jews could not follow because where He was going would have meant giving up their own lives. Even then, their righteousness would leave them out of heaven. Jesus was going to a place which could only be entered by death, and a righteous death at that.
We should not be surprised that our world today cannot fathom Jesus’ death. They cannot fathom that Jesus has taken His rightful place at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate. They cannot fathom that Jesus is even now preparing a place for us. They cannot fathom that Jesus death opened the gate that we may go where He has gone by grace through faith in His redeeming work.
These words of Jesus are not words to everyone. They are words to those who stand outside of the grace of God. Jesus speaks to all who do not embrace Him as the Christ. Then will not find Him. They cannot go where He has gone. Only the eye of faith will find Him. Praise be toGod that we have been granted the eye of faith to see the Christ for who He is and shall be where He is.