25 Some people from Jerusalem said, “Isn’t he the one they want to kill? 26 Here he is, speaking in public, yet they aren’t saying anything to him. Could it be that our leaders actually think he is the Christ? 27 We know where he is from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” 28 While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he exclaimed, “You know me and where I am from. I haven’t come on my own. The one who sent me is true, and you don’t know him. 29 I know him because I am from him and he sent me.” 30 So they wanted to seize Jesus, but they couldn’t because his time hadn’t yet come. 31 Many from that crowd believed in Jesus. They said, “When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man does?” 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about Jesus, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent guards to arrest him. 33 Therefore, Jesus said, “I’m still with you for a little while before I go to the one who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you won’t find me, and where I am you can’t come.” 35 The Jewish opposition asked each other, “Where does he intend to go that we can’t find him? Surely he doesn’t intend to go where our people have been scattered and are living among the Greeks! He isn’t going to teach the Greeks, is he? 36 What does he mean when he says, ‘You will look for me, but you won’t find me, and where I am you can’t come’?” (John 7:25-36, CEB)
What does he mean? The Pharisees said it in Jesus’ day and a lot of us say it now.
What does he mean?
Sometimes the Bible is weird and the words seem to make no sense. I understand the words I am reading but I do not know what they mean.
Not because it doesn’t make sense, it just has multiple meanings and we wonder which one is the right way to think about it.
The Pharisees knew where Jesus was from, on earth. They didn’t realize he was talking about going back to be with God the Father. Because then they will not find him. Jesus spoke in parables so that those who were not a part would hear and not understand, but all have the ability to be a part if we just follow and believe.
Follow where Jesus is leading you and believe that God will do all that God promises. That easy.
And when you do that you will know what Jesus means.
Love People. Love God.