Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to kill? But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ? However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.”
Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”
Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”
The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.
They knew which town he was from, they knew his parents, they knew what there was to know physically and naturally about him, but they did not know the One who sent him and therefore, even as they said, they did NOT know where he was from since they did not know God and his connection to God. The ones in the crowd who believed did so because of the miracles. We require signs that give indication of authority, in all areas of our social life. We require licenses, degrees, letters, badges, something…why? Because the world is so full of deceit, deceit for personal gain at the expense of others. So God gave signs that Jesus was his son, come for the stated purpose from the beginning, that of redeeming his creation back from the evil unleashed through disobedience. Who is Jesus? He is a man, he is the Son of God, and he is full of the Holy Spirit committed to the task he specifically came to do. Believing him is the beginning of new life, life that continues through eternity with him rather than without/separated from him.