This is the Christ (Jn 7:26-7:26)

“Here he is!

He speaks openly!

But they say nothing

To him!

Can it be

That the authorities

Really know

That this is

The Christ,

The Messiah?”

καὶ ἴδε παρρησίᾳ λαλεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν αὐτῷ λέγουσιν. Μή ποτε ἀληθῶς ἔγνωσαν οἱ ἄρχοντες ὅτι οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ Χριστός;

John uniquely indicated that these inhabitants of Jerusalem said that Jesus was speaking openly, boldly, or in public (καὶ ἴδε παρρησίᾳ λαλεῖ), but the Jerusalem officials did not say anything to him (καὶ οὐδὲν αὐτῷ λέγουσιν).  Perhaps these Jewish authorities or leaders (οἱ ἄρχοντες) really truly (Μή ποτε ἀληθῶς) knew or recognized (ἔγνωσαν) that he was the Christ (ὅτι οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ Χριστός), the Messiah.  These people who lived in Jerusalem were beginning to question their local authorities, probably members of the Sanhedrin.  Was Jesus really who he said he was?  Was he the Christ?  Was he the Messiah?  Doubts began to arise.  There was no specific mention of the Jews here, just the Jerusalem inhabitants and the Jewish authorities.  If Jesus was so bad, why did he still allow him to go around and preach and teach publicly without any consequences?  Which side are you on in this debate about Jesus?