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Friday, January 11, 2013

Streams of Living Water

Is Jesus the Christ?


John 7:25-44

25At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26Here He is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to Him. Have the authorities really concluded that He is the Christ?

27 But we know where this man is from; when the Christ comes, no one will know where He is from.”

28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know Me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on My own, but He Who sent Me is true. You do not know Him, 29but I know Him because I am from Him and He sent Me.”

30At this they tried to seize Him, but no one laid a hand on Him, because His time had not yet come. 31Still, many in the crowd put their faith in Him. They said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more miraculous signs than this man?”

32The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about Him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest Him.

33Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the One Who sent Me. 34You will look for Me, but you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come.”

35The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find Him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36What did He mean when He said, ‘You will look for Me, but you will not find Me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”

37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

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.

40On hearing His words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”

41Others said, “He is the Christ.”

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

 

Verses 37-38

“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.””

This is a difficult expression, from the fact that no such expression as follows is to be found literally in the Old Testament. Lord Jesus probably intended to say, not that there was any particular place in the Old Testament that affirmed this in so many words, but that this was the substance of what the Scriptures taught, or this was the spirit of their declarations.

Probably there is a reference more particularly to Isaiah 58:11;

“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

 

Below are the related passages.

 

Isaiah 12:3

“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”

Isaiah 35:6

“Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”

Isaiah 44:3

“For I will pour water on the thirsty land,

and streams on the dry ground;

I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring,

and M y blessing on your descendants.”

 

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for giving Your Holy Spirit so that the streams of living water flow from within us, every minute every hour every day unto the eternal life.

We love You more than anything else, family, fame, future, financial affluence even ourselves.

Amen.

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