John 7: 14-24

Jesus stated that He was absolutely sinless and true, always seeking the glory of God in heaven (John 7:18). In contrast to Jesus, the religious leaders did not keep the law. They had the law but did not keep it.

They decided that Jesus appeared to be a sinner, and they appeared to be righteous. They were wrong each time, and they needed to judge with righteous judgment instead of only by appearances.

No righteous judgment can be come to if appearances decide. The iconic figure of Justice has a blindfold for this reason. We should bear in mind that that appearance may be deceitful, and therefore with the love that gives hope for all things, we should be ready to give men the benefit of any doubt or any uncertainty that is in our minds.