The words of Jesus affected people in different ways. This portion of scripture reveals that division. This is true today. Many people hear the Word of God spoken, and their reactions are different. It should be noted at this point in this lesson that everybody heard the same words, but the reactions were different. This fact reveals that there were those who heard the natural and not spiritual words. This is one of the reasons for the varying reactions. Some accepted it by faith while others received the words with natural understanding. Here is a brief list of the various responses to Jesus’ words.
1. Decisive-John 7:40-41 (KJV)
(40) Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. (41) Others said This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?
2. Doubting-John 7:42 (KJV)
(42) Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? Jesus was from Galilee. The Messiah is from Bethlehem. They were mistaken because they jumped to conclusions.
3. Divided and Debating John 7:43-44 (KJV)
(43) So there was a division among the people because of him. (44) And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.
4. Disconcerted or bewildered-John 7:45-46 (KJV)
(45) Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? (46) The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
The crowd was captivated by His message, not by His miracles. They said, “Nobody has ever spoken like Him.” Here are some statements that grabbed their attention through the years.
Matthew 5:39 (KJV)
(39) But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matthew 5:41 (KJV)
(41) And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Matthew 5:44 (KJV)
(44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;