John 7: 30-37
At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?” 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him. 33 Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.” 35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36 What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”
In verse 13 the crowd were afraid to say anything about Jesus publicly for fear of the religious leaders.
Intimidation will keep you silent. It will keep you just talking privately with those of the same kind. Intimidation silences the Church.
The whisper needs to become loud so that it can be heard, v32:
“No one can perform more miracles than Jesus.”
“We have convincing evidence that Jesus is the Messiah.” (Message)
“No one will do more signs than Jesus, he is the Christ” (NKJV)
Let us all find the courage to whisper louder.