Today’s verses are John 7:45,46: “The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, ‘Why did you not bring him?’ The officers answered, ‘No one ever spoke like this man!’”
My child, the chief priests and the Pharisees, representing the governing body of the Jews called the Sanhedrin, had deployed the temple police to arrest me. But they did not. Upon their return to the chief priests and the Pharisees, they were questioned whey they did not arrest me. They could not understand their apparent disobedience.
Their response to the religious leaders is telling and profoundly true: “No one has ever spoke this this man!” They were giving their listeners, and all of us, another reason to believe my claims to deity to be true. No other person in all of human history is God in human flesh. No other man in human history is fully God and fully human at the same time. Therefore, when I spoke, I spoke with the authority of my Father in heaven. When I spoke, I spoke with the insights of heaven itself. When I spoke, I spoke with total truth, wisdom and insight.
This is what the officers heard. This is what confounded them. This is why they couldn’t arrest me. My teachings pointed to my identity. Deep inside, they knew they could not arrest God in human flesh.
My child, read carefully my teachings in my Word. Let them all be carefully imbibed into your heart and soul. Feel the authority of God himself speaking to you. When I say that no one but God is good, see yourself in that light. Know the depth of the depravity of your sin and your need for a Savior. When I say that I came to seek and save that which was lost, I’m speaking to you. I came to seek and save you! When I tell the story of a wandering son welcomed home by his unconditionally loving Father, see yourself as the wandering son wanting to return home. When I tell of one among ninety-nine sheep leaving the fold and the shepherd leaves the ninety-nine to find the one lost sheep, see yourself as that sheep. When I tell the story of a lost coin, carelessly dropped by its owner, only to have the entire house turned over until it’s found in a dark corner, see yourself as that coin in the dark corner and me tirelessly and relentlessly turning over the universe until I find you. When you read about a pearl being purchased by a merchant no matter what the cost, see yourself as that pearl of great price and my willingness to purchase you at all costs, even death on a cross.
My love for you could not be greater. There is nothing that could ever separate you from my life. I taught you all these things. These teachings should overwhelm you with who I am and how much I care for you. My teachings should drive you to faith in me.
You can trust me today.