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June
4
2017

June 04, 2017

JOHN 7:37-52                                            LIVING WATER

 

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

 

40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.”

 

Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

 

45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” 46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied. 47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”

 

50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?” 52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”

 

  1. One of the great dangers of Christianity is that people have some kind of experience with the Church without EMBRACING its message.

 

  • Some people consider the Church as simply a RULES enforcement body.

  • Others consider the Church a MUSEUM to the past instead of a place to meet God.

 

  1. It is difficult for some people to get past negative thoughts of the Church and hear the message about JESUS.  The message is pretty incredible when we finally hear it!

 

  • “No one ever SPOKE the way this man does!”

  • No one was ever BORN the way this man was born.

  • No one ever LIVED the way this man lived.

  • No one ever DIED the way this man died!

 

  1. The “rivers of living water” flowing from within, is the Holy Spirit who so captivates us that the PRESENCE of Jesus is evident to all! And, the one message we have is this:

 

God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them.  And he gave us this wonderful message…                2 Corinthians 5:19 (NLT)

 

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