Amazement and Unbelief in Jerusalem

There are three groups Christ is dealing with in Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles in John 7: the Jewish leadership, the common people, and now the dwellers at Jerusalem.  These men of Jerusalem acknowledge that Christ spoke truth when He said, “Why go ye about to kill Me?”  Nevertheless, they too rejected Him.  They were surprised that the rulers had not arrested Christ, and speculated perhaps they had changed their minds about Him.  But they themselves were confident Jesus was not the Christ, for “when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence He is.”  This message concentrates on the foolishness and wickedness of their unbelief, and attempts to draw lessons from it to apply to the same sin of unbelief which is prevalent in our day.