Christ’s Departure to the Father

The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him. 33 Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me. 34 You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.”

35 Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where does He intend to go that we shall not find Him? Does He intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What is this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?” — John 7:32-36.

The Pharisees hear the murmuring of the crowd and, with the chief priests, send officers to take Him. He tells them that He is going to go to God. Although they would seek Him, they would be unable to find Him or to follow Him. The Jews misunderstand His statement and wonder if He would be going to the Greeks.

“You will seek Me and not find Me” (v.34). — Here Jesus is referring to an effort to find Him geographically, which would be futile since He would be in heaven. The contrast between unbelievers (v. 34) and believers (14:3) is worthy of note.

“Where does He intend to go” (v.35). — The Jews are puzzled as to Christ’s origin and so can not understand His destination, which is heaven. They understand it merely in geographical terms and are not pleased at the thought that He would exercise His ministry among the Greeks, heathens whom they despised.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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