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The Misunderstood Christ

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15. THE MISUNDERSTOOD CHRIST

I. DENOUNCED—vv.

A. Plan—v. . The Jews sought to kill Christ.

B. Preparation—vv. . Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near. It lasted 7 days (Sept. 15–22)—; ; . It was 7 months before the crucifixion.

C. Problem—v. . Christ’s own family rejected Him as the Savior.

D. Prophecy—vv. . The prophecy of Christ in the Old Testament as Messiah was not fulfilled as yet.

II. DOUBT—vv.

A. Secret—v. . Christ attended this feast in secret.

B. Seeking—vv. . The Jews sought Christ. Some thought He was a good man. Others thought he was deceiving the people.

C. Shame—v. . No one had the courage to stand up for Christ. They were all afraid of reprisals by the leaders.

III. DISCUSSION—vv.

A. Teaching—vv. . The people were surprised at His teachings, since He had not attended the Jewish schools.

B. Teacher—vv. .

1. Divine—. His teaching was from God.

2. Doctrine—vv. . If His hearers followed God’s Word, they would accept Christ’s words.

3. Denounced—vv. . Jews broke Moses’ law, why complain about Christ for breaking the Jewish ceremonial laws?

C. Test—vv. . Jews performed circumcision on the Sabbath, but criticized Jesus for healing on the Sabbath.

IV. DIVINE—vv.

A. Confusion—vv. . Some believed Christ, others not quite sure.

B. Christ—vv. . They knew where He was born, but did not recognize Him as the Son of God.

C. Convinced—v. . His wonders and miracles convinced many that He was truly the Messiah.

V. DESPISED—vv.

A. Plan—v. . The Jewish leaders sought to arrest Christ.

B. Problem—vv. . Christ would soon meet death and go to the Father in heaven. They would seek Him, but not find Him on earth.

C. Prophecy—vv. . The people didn’t seem to understand Christ’s prophecy of being with the Father.

Pentz, C. M. (1974). Expository Outlines on the Gospel of John (p. 27). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
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