A Public Relations Debacle

 
 

A Public Relations Debacle

John 7:25-52

 
 

Last week, we left the Pharisees in a quandary. Here they were top dog religious people and they couldn’t say anything to stop this threatening young upstart. To be fair, they didn’t know that it was God Himself. They really didn’t have an ice cube’s chance in the desert to challenge His knowledge of Scripture; after all, He wrote it.

 
 

However, what they didn’t expect was that people around them would start to wonder if in fact Jesus was exactly who He said He was because they saw the chagrinned countenances of their religious leaders. This bothered them so much that the Pharisees wanted to kill Jesus.

 
 

In verse 25, the people start to wonder if, in fact, the Pharisees know that Jesus is the Messiah. Here Jesus was proclaiming that He was just that, and the Pharisees were seemingly helpless to do anything about it.

 
 

The Pharisees started wondering about what Jesus said. They did not believe He was the Messiah and so they wondered where Jesus was going that they could not follow. They were puzzled by His riddles, and yet, they hated Him all the more.

 
 

He was causing the most vexing public relations problems for them. If they did not condemn Him, they were going to lose their political power; however, if they condemned Him and He was who He said He was, the fate would be much, much worse.

 
 

The uproar caused the Pharisees to power posture. They accused the people of being deceived. They asked the people if they had seen any of them fall for this deception. Sounds like politics today, huh?

 
 

Finally, the voice of reason! Nicodemus, who secretly believed Christ was something really special, brought up legal precedent. Just like a lawyer, let’s go to trial! “To be fair,” said Nicodemus, “we need to give Him a fair trial.” With that, the enraged Pharisees turned on him. What?! Is he from Galilee, too? They had gone over the edge. Soon they would crucify even God.

 
 

See Ya Next Time

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries,

provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

Questions: Read John 7:25-52

 
 

In verses 25-31

1. What were some of the arguments that the people were bringing up?

2. How did the Pharisees reaction to Jesus affect the people?

3. Was what Jesus was teaching clear?

4. Why couldn’t the officers arrest Him?

5 . What was the response of some people? Why?

 
 

In verses32-39

6 .What were the Pharisees confused about?

7. Why didn’t they understand?

8. What was Jesus really telling them?

9.  Do you think Jesus wanted them to understand?

10. Why or why not?

 
 

In verses 40-52

 
 

11. Describe the public relations problem?

12. Discuss the Pharisees’ handling of this problem. How could it have been different?

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 

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