Is He Good?

Is He Good?

John 7:1-24


Call:  Adapted from Ps 147 & 2 Peter 1:2 (Responsive Reading)

Leader:  Our help is in the name of our God, who made heaven and earth. 

All:  Amen.

Leader:  Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving.
Make music upon the harp.
How good it is to celebrate God’s presence
and sing praise throughout each day!

All:  How good it is to sing praise and give honor to our God!

Leader:  Our God rebuilds the people of earth.
The wandering ones are gathered together,
the brokenhearted are healed, the hungry are fed,
the prisoners are freed, the blind are given sight,
the lonely are befriended.

All:  How good it is to sing praise and give honor to our God!

Leader:  All of nature sings aloud the goodness of God— clouds, rain, grass, creatures great and small. Our God creates and sustains our world
with his ever-growing, never-ending love.

All:  How good it is to sing praise and give honor to our God!

Leader:  Grace and peace be yours in abundance
through the knowledge of God and of Christ Jesus, our Lord. 

All:  Amen.

Scripture:  John 1:1-5, 14, 18 (ESV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Sermon Text: John 7:1-24 (ESV)

I.  The Brother’s Pressure (1-5)
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. Now the Jews’ Feast of Booths was at hand. So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him. 

II.  Jesus’ Response (6-10)
Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee. 10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.

III.  The Crowd’s Division (11-13)
11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

IV.  Jesus’ Authority Questioned (14-18)
14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.

V.  Jesus’ Actions Questioned (19-24)
19 “Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. 22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Songs

Forever
Great Are You Lord
Blessed Assurance
What A Beautiful Name
Goodness Of God