Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this He, whom they seek to kill?
But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
Howbeit we know this man whence He is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
It was common practice for a teacher or speaker to sit, while his listeners either sat around him or stood farther off. I don’t know if Jesus stood or sat during this dialogue with the people. Either is entirely possible.
In any event, there was a stir! Some of the people who heard Him said among themselves, “Isn’t this the One they want to kill? Look, He’s very bold, and isn’t afraid! Do our rulers realize this is indeed the Christ?”
And you may think, “Well, the people knew it was really Christ!”
But look at the next verse. Some of them may have understood Who He was, but not all did.
“We know this Man; we know where He comes from, and Who His parents are. There’s no mystery about Him. When the real Christ comes, no one will know where He comes from! It will be a complete mystery, a surprise!”
They were basing this belief partly on Malachi 3:1, which says that the Messenger of God will come suddenly to the Temple. The general belief seems to have been that He would burst into the scene out of nowhere, and no one would have known ahead of time that He even existed.
The word suddenly, in this context, does not mean appearing as if by magic, Rather, it could be translated as unexpectedly, or straightforwardly. Jesus was certainly straightforward!
Jesus’ response to the comments of the people was, perhaps to them, surprising, sudden, and straightforward. We’ll look at that tomorrow.