Friday, October 21, 2016

Rivers of Living Water (John 7:25-44)

The people in the Temple in Jerusalem were puzzled. They knew the scriptures foretold the coming of the Christ and they knew he would come from an unknown place. He would perform signs to reveal himself. However, Jesus alludes to the fact that he has come from the Father. The Pharisees overhear people in the crowds talking about what Jesus is teaching and they send officers to arrest him. Jesus eludes them. He tells the crowds that have gathered that he will be with them for a while but then he will go to a place where they cannot find him. He stands up on the last day of the feast and proclaims that if anybody thirsts, come to him and drink. This is the same promise he offered to the Samaritan woman at the well. He then claims to be the Messiah saying that the scriptures foretold his coming saying, "Out of his heart would flow rivers of living water." The spirit provides this living water to all who believe in Jesus and receive him. But, this won't happen until sometime later. Again, the people are puzzled. Some want to draw near to him while others seek his arrest. There are things that Jesus will say and do that are hard to grasp. But, he is who he says he is. He is Messiah. All who believe in Him and receive Him will be saved. They will receive the Holy Spirit who provides the water that Jesus and Isaiah describe (Isaiah 44:3)

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