Summary: Whenever God chooses to raise up a leader that commands attention, there is always the danger of attracting enemies.
The Danger of This Job
36 But I have a greater witness than John—my teachings and my miracles. The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me.
Our Lord's second witness was the witness of His miracles of Jesus Recorded by John
1) Water into Wine John 2: 1-10
2) Nobleman’s son Healed In Capernaum John 4:46
3) Healing of the Paralytic Man John 5: 1-8
4) Feeds 5000 John 6:1-14
5) Walks on Water 6: 15-21
6) Healing the blind man 7) Raised Lazarus
Whenever God chooses to raise up a leaders that commands attention, there is always the danger of attracting:
1) Spectators - The spectators are ones who want to bask in the popularity but not submit to his authority.
A "mixed multitude" followed Moses and Israel out of Egypt, people who were impressed with the miracles but not yielded to the Lord. The prophets and Apostles, as well as the great leaders in church history, all had to put up with shallow people who followed the crowd but refused to obey the truth. We have them in churches today.
2) Participators – The participator yield to the authority of the leader and buy into the vision.
1 Corinthians 16:16That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to everyone that helpeth with us, and laboureth.
1 Peter 2:13-14 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
3) Manipulators – The manipulator comes only to steal, embezzle, or cheat his way through.
The Jewish scribes sought to know the Word of God, but they did not know the God of the Word! They counted the very letters of the text, but they missed the spiritual truths that the text contained.
John 7: 1-5
7:1 After the Miracles of Healing and Witnessing Jesus traveled around Galilee in Jewry, which was in Judea and was the southern division of Palestine. The rulers of the Jews wanted to take his life. The common people never attempted to take his life in the beginning.
The Brethren – The ones with common Interest
The Disciples – Sons and Daughters
The Works - The Miracles.
[For there is no man The brethren of Jesus supposed that he was influenced as others were.
It is an ordinary (Common) thing among men to seek out to find recognition for themselves, to pacify their Insufficiencies, It is for this cause that the brethren of Jesus supposed that Jesus would also seek the same; and as a great multitude would be assembled at Jerusalem at this feast, they supposed it would be a favorable time to make himself known.
What follows shows that this was said, probably, not in sincerity, but in derision; and to the other sufferings of our Lord was to be added, what is so common to Christians, derision from his relatives and friends on account of his pretensions. If our Saviour was derided, we also may expect to be by our relatives; and, having his example, we should be content to bear it.
[If thou do ...] It appears from this that they did not really believe that he performed miracles; or, if they did believe it, they did not suppose that he was the Christ. Yet it seems hardly credible that they could suppose that his miracles were real, and yet not admit that he was the Messiah. Besides, there is no evidence that these relatives had been present at any of his miracles, and all that they knew of them might have been from report.
Mark 3:21 - And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
The enemies of Christ that raised this report; and his relatives thinking that it was true followed and went out to confine him.
Matt 13:55 - Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
Gal 1:19 - But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.