Sermon Notes: Dec. 20, 2020
Jesus Rocks the Temple
In chapter 7 John reveals…
1. A Sovereign Surprise (v. 1-13)
Festival of Booths / Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:42-43):
• An 8-day celebration commemorating Israel’s wandering in the wilderness & God’s provision.
• Pilgrims would erect and live in tents (i.e. Booths or Tabernacles) during the festival.
• A time of thanksgiving for the Fall harvest & to pray for God’s continued blessing.
• Centered around powerful imagery pointing to the promised Messiah & future deliverance.
“Time” = Kairos (opportune time, right time, appointed time)
2. A Supreme Sermon (v. 14-39)
As the promised Messiah, Jesus ministered:
1) For God’s glory (v. 16-18)
2) With God’s authority (v. 19-24)
3) As God’s emissary (v. 25-36)
Micah 5:2, 4-5
4) To provide God’s security (v. 37-39)
3. A Severing Savior (v. 40-52)
“This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon… he shed more light on things human and divine than all the philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, he spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, he set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.” – Philip Schaff