14 Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. 15 And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”
16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. 18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.
The people of Jesus’ day could not wrap their minds around who Jesus was. It was easier for them to deny Him having come from God than to accept Him having come from God. Even though Jesus did miracles like no one ever had and even though He taught like no one ever had they still would not accept that He came from God. So here the people’s accusation against Jesus was that He had never had any higher education. He was not a “lettered’ man. How then could He know the stuff He knew?
I see here proof of the deity of Jesus Christ. Their question inadvertently defends the Savior’s deity. Since there was no way for Jesus to know all that He knew from a human perspective then He must have gotten His knowledge from another source. Jesus confirms to them that God the Father, the One who sent him, gave him this knowledge for His own glory.
Jesus ever did what the Father sent him to do. He lived in constant and consistent submission to the Father’s will. Therefore, Jesus never did his own will and could always give glory to the Father. We have the same opportunity. We can spend each morning seeking the will of God and spend each day accomplishing the will of the Father. We can then thank God each evening for leading us in His will. By the time a life-time has come and gone we too can say that we spent our years doing the will of God and He received glory through our lives. As the world did not understand Jesus neither will it understand us. Nonetheless, we must seek the will of God and live submitted to it for His purpose and for His glory.
What a great way that Jesus showed us how to live.
Lisa and Roy had their baby yesterday. Roy called me this morning. Lisa and baby are well. I will get you details later. Rejoice with them.
Prepare yourself for Sunday by reading Isaiah 58. It is a fascinating chapter and I am looking forward to preaching it. Pray for God to open our hearts to its message.
Have a great day in the Lord,