His Hour Was Not Yet Come

The Lord’s enemies at the feast of tabernacles were quite enraged against Him, and sought by any means to lay hands on Him, but could not, “because His hour was not yet come.”  This was, of course, the reason from God’s perspective; John does not tell us what the providential reason was that they could not seize Him at that time.

Others interpreted the evidence correctly, and concluded that Jesus must be the Christ, for it was unthinkable that any could do more miracles than Him.  The Pharisees, meanwhile, continued to plot against Christ, and sent officers to take Him.  This sermon points up once again the great overarching truth that there is always division over Christ, and our eternal destiny depends upon which side of that division we are on.

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