Digging The Word

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"I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure." PSALM 119:162
 

 

 

Reactions To Jesus Offer

You have to decide what you will do with Jesus.

 

John 7:37-38  On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, "Anyone who is thirsty may come to Me!  38  Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, 'Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'"

John 7:40-46  When the crowds heard Him say this, some of them declared, "Surely this man is the Prophet we've been expecting."  41  Others said, "He is the Messiah." Still others said, "But He can't be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee?  42  For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born."  43  So the crowd was divided about Him.  44  Some even wanted Him arrested, but no one laid a hand on Him.  45  When the Temple guards returned without having arrested Jesus, the leading priests and Pharisees demanded, "Why didn't you bring Him in?"  46  "We have never heard anyone speak like this!" the guards responded.

"Anyone who is thirsty may come to Me!" Jesus made an offer to the crowd that should have been great news but there was only a handful of people that saw it that way. Jesus invites us to come to him if you are thirsty for spiritual things, if you are thirsty for a full pardon for your sin and if you crave a relationship with your creator then come on down. Get yourself a taste of living water that can satisfy!

Everybody that has been introduced to Jesus must react, the claims that he made about himself cannot just sit there without a response, the crowds in the temple that day were split into four groups:

The Convinced

"This is the Messiah! The one that we have been waiting for since Moses told us about him." They thought that John the Baptist was the prophet but now they are sure that Jesus is the one that they have been anticipating. (Deuteronomy 18:18, John 1:21)

The Contrary

This group is bent on tearing down the people that are convinced that Jesus is the Messiah. Without looking at the facts they make a crazy remark about where Jesus was born. "You convinced people, what's wrong with you? You think Messiah comes from Galilee?" They didn't use the fact checker to see that Jesus really did fulfill the prediction about the birthplace of the Messiah.

The Confused

This group is stuck in the middle, there are the believers and the unbelievers and then there are the ones that are not sure what to think. Why didn't the guards bring Jesus in? It sounds like they are not sure about who he is and if he really is the Messiah then they don't want to mess with him.

The unbelievers ridicule the believers and also the confused. The religious leaders let the soldiers know who makes the decisions about spiritual stuff. The common everyday people can't decide for themselves, they need us to tell them what God is doing, there are still a lot of cults and religious systems that operate that way.

The Contemplative

It's been almost three years since that night when he visited Jesus. He was doing his own research to decide for himself what the truth is about Jesus. He is a thinking man and he wants to learn the truth instead of letting somebody else in his group of friends decide for him.

How Will You Respond?

Matthew 27:22  Pilate responded, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”

They shouted back, “Crucify him!”
There isn't any other offer that is as important as this one with such drastic consequences.The offer is out there and you must decide for yourself what you are going to do with it. Will you get the facts straight for yourself, let your friends dictate what is right or just ignore the offer all together.

Thank you Lord for your offer, I am so thankful that I am a part of the convinced crowd, help me tell others the good news and open their heart to get the facts and accept your offer.

Come To Jesus

Jesus is God and he is able to satisfy your thirsty soul better than anything else.



John 7:30-32  Then the leaders tried to arrest Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His time had not yet come.  31  Many among the crowds at the Temple believed in Him. "After all," they said, "would you expect the Messiah to do more miraculous signs than this man has done?"  32  When the Pharisees heard that the crowds were whispering such things, they and the leading priests sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus.

John 7:37-38  On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, "Anyone who is thirsty may come to Me!  38  Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, 'Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'"

Another visit to the temple has turned into chaos, every time Jesus goes there is a disturbance, this time it is the Jewish Festival of Shelters. There was a commotion before Jesus got there that only got worse, the crowds were trying to find Jesus and the were debating who he is.

The crowds are trying to decide who Jesus is but they are not looking at all of the evidence. Is this guy a good man or a deceiver? Are those really the only options for you to choose from?
John 7:12  There was a lot of grumbling about Him among the crowds. Some argued, "He's a good man," but others said, "He's nothing but a fraud who deceives the people."
We have been looking at some of the proof about Jesus in the study of the Book of John. John has given us a great deal of evidence about who Jesus is. John keeps coming back to this issue because he wants us to see that neither of those are viable options.

Jesus has been telling this crowd who he is but they didn't even list being God as one of the possibilities. Jesus teaching, his miracles and all of the prophecy that was fulfilled at his birth make a solid case to back up his claim to be God in a body.

The crowds got stuck on the fact that Jesus came in humility, he was selfless, he didn't attempt to gain money or political power, none of the things that a worldly leader should have, yet he had an incredible impact on our world. A false Messiah has never made this big of a difference in our world and he has never been humble and renounce money and power.

Jesus Makes Us An Offer

John 4:13-14  Jesus replied, "Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life."

Jesus doesn't get into the debate, he has done enough to prove who he is, instead he makes an offer to the crowd. If you are hung up on whether Jesus is a good man or a deceiver then this offer isn't going to mean anything to you. He makes an offer to this crowd of Jews in the temple that is the same as the offer he made to an adulterous Samaritan woman next to a well and it is the same offer that is being given to each of us.

Jesus invites us to come to him if you are thirsty for spiritual things, if you are thirsty for a full pardon for your sin and if you crave a relationship with your creator then come on down. Get yourself a taste of living water that can satisfy!
Revelation 22:17  The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." Let anyone who hears this say, "Come." Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.
See how satisfying living water can be, get a taste of forgiveness, grow in your knowledge of who God is and what he desires for your life. Drink freely and experience his grace, salvation and pardon for sin that will last for eternity.

After you have had a taste of this water you will have to share it with others. Not only do you drink and have your own thirst quenched, but you also become the supplier for other people, you will have this satisfying water pouring out of you for the world to taste.

Thank you Lord for the drink of living water! Help me to be a river of water to the thirsty world around me.

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