Weekend Message Takeaway: “The Undercover Boss”

Who’s the Boss?

John 7 kicks off with these words: “After these things . . .” Here, John is alluding to the amazing ministry Jesus had been conducting throughout the region of Galilee—found in Matthew 15–18 and John 6. And John 7 picks up six months after a time where many disciples “turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:66 ESV).  

This weekend, before examining John 7:1-36, we revisited the aftermath of John 1–6, where Jesus’ miraculous works and revolutionary teachings had garnered Him quite the reputation­—so much so that for a time He didn’t go to Judea because the Jews wanted to kill Him. In this message, Boca campus Pastor Jerry Sander shared some very powerful truths about the method, ministry, and character of Christ.

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To dive deeper and browse other great resources on this study, click here.


For the Note Takers
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Jerry’s teaching this weekend:

Jesus Is More Interested in Divine Appointments Than Being on Display: Jesus’ brothers, who did not yet believe in Him as Messiah, urged Him to go to Jerusalem to put Himself on display and continue to garner fame and notoriety. However, Jesus knew the time hadn’t yet come, and He knew that there was important work to be done elsewhere.

Jesus' Timing Is Perfect . . . Even If We Don’t Like It: We’ve all had expectations of times where we thought Jesus was going to show up—where we believed He should have shown up—and He didn’t. We often take issue with that, because for the most part, we want things on our time and in our way. But Christ’s timing is a lot different than ours. His timing may not be our timing, but our time to go up to worship Him and be used by Him is always now.

Jesus Is Not Interested in Winning a Popularity Contest . . . He Is More Interested in Winning the World: Jesus was not afraid to call out wrongdoing in the people’s lives, but He always spoke the truth in love. 

Jesus Is Always Looking for the Perfect Opportunity to Reach the Lost: Jesus went up into the temple in the middle of the feast, in the middle of the week when He has the biggest audience and the most reach. If He had come earlier in the week, there may have been a commotion that would have distracted the people and given the Jewish leadership the opportunity to formulate an assassination plan. But He went up in secret so that He could teach and reach people.

Jesus Has Been Uniting and Dividing People Since the Beginning: Some of the people considered Him good, while others believed He was a deceiver . . . and nothing’s changed. Back then and today, the message of Jesus is still causing divisiveness among the people. There has never been a more controversial name in all the earth than the name of Jesus. 

Jesus Gets to the Heart of the Matter Because the Heart of the Matter Is a Matter of the Heart: Jesus knows how to cut straight to our hearts. He knows what our hang-ups are and He comes right for them. He sees behind our symbolic gestures, traditions, practices, and rituals to see where our hearts are and challenges each of us to check our hearts!

Quote to Remember: Don’t judge what you see on the outside. You need to look at man the way God does.—Pastor Jerry Sander

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About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.