Weak But Strong

[Jesus] also went up [to the Feast of Booths], not publicly but in private. The Jews were looking for Him at the feast, and saying, "Where is He?"
JOHN 7:10-11
Weak But Strong
Here Christ appears weak. He sneaks up to Jerusalem as though He feared the Jews. But fear does not move Him to disregard the command and Word of God because of their defiant attitude. No, He complies with God's command to preach the Gospel; He goes up to Jerusalem and preaches there. . .. Thus the Lord Christ also consoles us. He will have us know that our experiences will be like His. At times we will be weak, while our enemies and adversaries will appear as strong and boasting blusterers. But Christ will still see us through. . .. God takes pleasure in strengthening the weak and in weakening the strong. For His name is Creator, who makes all out of nothing and then again makes nothing out of all.

From Sermons on the Gospel of John, Chapters 6-8 (Luther's Works 23:215-16)
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