The Ultimate Victor

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 7:25-36

In this reading we see the continuing controversy about who Jesus was. The lay people of Jerusalem were divided in their opinions, but the Pharisees and chief priests the religious professionals almost universally rejected him. He was not one with them. He interpreted faith to be a matter of the heart rather than a matter of strict adherence to an incredibly complex system of laws. These leaders wanted to arrest him but could not get the public support they wanted. They settled for arguing openly with Jesus, a strategy that also proved to be frustrating.

“You will search for me, but you will not find me,” said Jesus; “and where I am, you cannot come” (v. 34).

Would Jesus escape from them? No, he wouldn’t. He would, indeed, be crucified at their hands.

Would they be able to go where Jesus was going? No, indeed. Jesus would rise from the dead and go to the Father quite a different fate than their own.

Would Jesus go to the Dispersion (Jews scattered throughout the world) and the Greeks (v. 35)? This speculation would become true beyond their wildest fears. The good news of Jesus would one day be proclaimed not only to Jews and Greeks but to the end of the earth. The ultimate victory would be his. In the end Jesus wins and so do all believers.

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for the assurance that Christ ultimately defeats all his critics and enemies.