Tuesday, November 29, 2016

John 7

Last time we learned that Jesus is the Bread of Life.  Food gives us energy and fuels our bodies which we need to survive.  Jesus gives us energy and fuel.  He encourages us.  He nourishes our souls and sustains us forever.  So when we eat and drink we are taking in His Words, His characteristics, His attributes, and then act on them.  Eating and drinking of His body and flesh are symbolic and refers to the Passover Lamb ceremony.  It points to the sacrifice of the Lamb of God on the cross.

John 7:1-6

Jesus knew the Jews were trying to kill Him so He stayed in and around Galilee instead of going to Judea.  When the Feast of Tabernacles was near, the brothers wanted Him to go to Judea so more people could see His miracles.  They wanted Him to show Himself to the world so others would believe.  Jesus told them that the time was not yet right.  He had to avoid His death for now.  Verse 5 says even Jesus’ own brothers didn’t believe in Him.   His brothers would not believe Him until after the resurrection.

The time He is speaking of is His crucifixion and resurrection.  He had work to do before this could happen.  Jesus trusting God’s timing.  The disciples didn’t understand this.  They wanted Him to have a public ministry.  They had nothing to fear, because their lives were not in danger.   

How are you trusting God’s timing?

John 7:7-13

Jesus said the world hated Him.  They hated Him, because He had pointed out their sins.  They rejected Him as Savior and all He stood for.  He told the disciples to go to the feast, but He would not.  Later He left for the Feast in secret, but the Jews were watching for Him.  They were asking, where is this man.  The crowds whispered about and said that He is a good man while other said He deceives the people.  They would be in terrible trouble if they spoke in favor of Jesus so they were afraid.

If you were asked what you thought about Jesus, what would you say?
I would say:  He is God and my Savior.  He rescued me from sin.  He is my Redeemer.  He showed His love for me by dying for me.  He is loving, forgiving, and compassionate.  He is always there and will never forsake me.  He wants everyone to believe in Him.  He gives eternal life to those who believe.

John 7:14-39

Jesus knew the leaders were plotting to kill Him, but He continued to teach.  Halfway through the Feast Jesus went to the temple and began to teach.  The Jews were amazed and wondered how He had such learning without having an education.  Jesus told them His teaching was from God.  He challenged them to find out if He teaching came from God.  He said “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.  He who speaks on his own does so go gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent me is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” - John 7:17-18

Remember they knew Jesus as a carpenter’s son without any education.  They were amazed when He taught.  He was not taught by man, but by God.  Jesus always stressed that He is in the Father’s will.  He always gives God the glory.  His Words are Truth.  He has no selfish interests.  Anyone can say they are from God, but He gives us a way to test this.

He asked them why they were trying to kill Him and called them demon-possessed.  He said He had done one miracle and they were astonished.  He was talking about the healing of the lame man at the pool (Chapter 5).  He did this on the Sabbath which had broken the 4th commandment.  They themselves were going to break the 6th commandment of killing Jesus.  Jesus told them to stop judging by appearances.  Jesus had done a good deed on the Sabbath, but they thought that was a sin.  They were blinded to their own sin.  They were hypocrites.  They interpreted the Scriptures to suit their own needs.

Jesus spoke with the authority of God.  He said you think you know me and where I am from, but you do not.  He said He was not here on His own authority.  He boldly declared His origin was from God Himself.  His listeners didn’t know God and were listening with their heads and not their hearts.  It’s the same today.  It’s a heart problem.  People don’t listen with their hearts. 

The chief priests and Pharisees tried to arrest Jesus, but failed.  It was not in God’s timing.  Many in the crowd put their faith in Him.  When the Pharisees heard the crowd they sent temple guards to arrest Him.  Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the one who sent me.  You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”John 7:33-34

He was speaking about His resurrection.  He would be in heaven.  They would be looking for His physical body.  He was speaking to the unbelievers that would not be able to enter heaven.

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.”John 7:38-39 The “streams of living water” is the Holy Spirit believers receive when they first become believers.  Those in Jesus’ day would receive the Holy Spirit after His resurrection and glorification.

Do you have living water flowing through you?
If so, how does it overflow to others?

John 7:40-53

Some people said that Jesus was a prophet.  Some said He was the Christ.  Some said, “How can the Christ come from Galilee”?  The Christ is to come from David’s family.  The people were divided and some even wanted to seize him. 

The temple guards were sent to sent to arrest Jesus, but they were impressed by Jesus and didn’t want to arrest Him.  Then Nicodemus came to the defense of Jesus.  He told them to give Jesus a fair hearing before they condemned Him, but the Jewish leaders had already made up their minds.  The leaders ignored Nicodemus.  They had forgotten that Isaiah had spoken of the messiah.

Who do you say Jesus is?
Have you ever defended Jesus?

In this chapter we see the Trinity:  Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.  God, the Father who is our Creator.  Jesus, the Son who is our Redeemer.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit in us and is our security.  Jesus does not act independently of God.

Where do you act independently of God?

The question for every person who is confronted with the truth of Jesus is:  Will you follow Him or will you turn away?

Next week we will study the rest of John 8.  Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site.  Hope to see you here next time.

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