in John's Gospel -- Part 10
Never Man Spake Like
By: A.J. Higgins, M.D.
The history of our nation at times seems little
more than the combined effect of the ripples caused by
all her great orators. Patrick Henry, Daniel Webster,
Abraham Lincoln, Dr. King, John Kennedy, all echo
through the years, their voices resounding off the
shores of the moral universe. Some sought to stir the
country to action. Other spoke to bind her wounds.
Others still prodded her to her obligations and destiny.
are orators whom we appreciate for their style, some for
their content, some for their heart appeal, and others
for the authority with which they speak. The words of a
Roosevelt were not profound, but they reached the heart.
The speeches of Daniel Webster went on for hours, yet
men left in awe, moved to tears. Oratory is difficult to
define, harder still to learn, but easy to recognize. It
appeals to our total being and carries us with it to its
John 7, men heard the words of the Lord Jesus and
ascribed to him the honor of the world’s greatest
orator: "Never man spake like this man" (John
7:45). Now it is essential to recognize that these were
not His friends but His enemies. They had not come to
praise Christ but to bury Him, if we may borrow
Antony’s phrase. Armed soldiers, callous men these
were, with orders to seize Christ.
us look together then at some of the words of Christ in
this chapter. He first speaks of
The Deeds of the
advice of others to the Lord Jesus was to seek for local
acceptance as a leader. The Lord Jesus made clear that
the world would not accept Him because He testified that
its deeds were evil (vs. 7). The Lord Jesus did not
flatter or compromise. He faithfully revealed to men the
holy standard of God and the sin of man. His coming and
His conduct both revealed the distance of man from God.
So today the honest herald of God’s message to men
must unsparingly declare a message that first of all
Demand for Reality
were astonished at the content of the words of the Lord
Jesus. They wondered how He knew so much, not having
been a product of the Rabbinical schools of His day.
They were reluctant to believe His teaching because of
the lack of what they felt to be the necessary
credentials. At the same time, there was an irrefutable
power to His teaching. Here the Lord Jesus gives us one
of the most important statements for the honest seeker
after knowledge. If a man is willing to obey the truth,
he will learn whether what Christ speaks is simply
another religious teaching, or divine mandate. This does
away with idle speculation and curious investigation.
God does not display and reveal His truth simply to
satisfy the intellectual curiosity of men, but to subdue
the will and save the soul.
truth that important to you that you are willing to
stake your entire eternity upon it?
The Destination of
men in their sins who refused to own Him as Savior, the
Lord Jesus said, "I go to Him that sent Me
(heaven), and where I am thither ye cannot come,"
(vs. 33, 34). The teaching of the Bible is that
heaven’s gates are barred eternally to all who do not
experience the forgiveness of sins in this life (John
A Drink of Life
events of our chapter cover a week of time. On the last
day of the great religious festival which is the
background of chapter 7, the Lord Jesus invited men to
come to Him and taste of life in its entirety and
reality. The week had been spent in religious ritual and
observance. As the Lord looked upon it all, He saw men
who were left spiritually thirsty and hungry despite all
the week offered. Satisfaction could alone be found in
centuries have not dimmed nor tarnished the value of the
words of Christ. Twentieth century man as well as first
century man needs life, forgiveness of sins, assurance
of his eternal destination, and peace. The person who
procured them upon Calvary by virtue of His shed blood
can alone give them.
the authority, attractiveness, and appeal of His words
reach your conscience.