John 7 is a picture of both wisdom and purpose. Jesus knows his purpose yet must apply wisdom concerning the people in his day. Many were hostile to his message, that clearly was astounding and drew in masses of people to hear what he had to say. Jesus validates the authority, truth and wow factor all comes from the ONE who sent Him. All true, and some came from distant lands to hear this message and chose to follow. Others were unsettled, threatened or even made to feel uncomfortable because the message challenged their own lifestyles and even religious systems.
Ever since Jesus came into the world, people have been divided by his message and by his claim to be the Son of God. He even divided HIStory by the cross – BC (Before Christ) and AD (After Death of Christ). He divides churches and truth be told when churches divide it is always because the message of Jesus is misunderstood, misrepresented or ignored.
One thing I know: My eyes are wide open and when there is division, my heart will seek after truth and I desire to choose to land on the side where Jesus is.
Do we fully understand the depth of His Word: Speak (that is His Word and Jesus is the Word)…Speak the Truth in Love. We must be wise and always speak Truth and always speak that Truth in Love!
John 7:43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.