Who was Jesus talking about when He said “You People”?

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Dear Pastor Andy, why does Jesus refer to Jews as “you people” in John 3:11? “I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.”

My Reply: In John 3, Jesus was talking to Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee. When Jesus said “you people”, He wasn’t talking about the Jews as a whole, but the Pharisees, Scribes, and Teachers of the Law, because though Jesus and His disciples were testifying about what they had seen and experienced, they (the Pharisees, Scribes, and Teachers of the Law) continued to refuse to believe them.

Remember also that in the Hebrew Scriptures, it’s said that when giving a testimony, if 2 or more can testify what they saw, and their stories match, then those listening should consider their account as Truth. The Pharisees, Scribes, etc. were the Best of the Best in terms of those who knew the Law – they knew this rule, yet still continued to deny their testimonies.

—Pastor Andy G.

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