Archive for May 16th, 2018

John 7:30-36

John 7:30-36 has Jesus on the verge of being arrested.  He has really challenged the religious leaders, and they are out to get Him.  “Then the leaders tried to arrest him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come”. Not everyone was against Him, and in fact, many believed in Him.  His miracles were compelling to the crowds.  He was doing things that would be expected of Messiah.  “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”?  Many were drawn to faith in Him. It didn’t matter that the leaders opposed Him or even wanted to kill Him.

Guzik asks a series of questions about Jesus.  It is fair to ask, who has done more than Jesus?  If Jesus isn’t the Messiah, then when Messiah comes, will he…

  • Do more miracles than Jesus?
  • Teach with more insight and authority than Jesus?
  • Love more remarkably than Jesus?
  • Suffer with more courage than Jesus?
  • Atone for more sinners than Jesus?
  • Raise from the dead with more triumph than Jesus?
  • Ascend to heaven in greater glory than Jesus?
  • Present a greater Gospel than Jesus?
  • Change more lives than Jesus?
  • Free more addictions than Jesus?
  • Comfort more grief-stricken hearts than Jesus?
  • Heal more broken hearts than Jesus?
  • Restore more marriages than Jesus?
  • Triumph over more tyrants than Jesus?
  • Gain more followers than Jesus?

None of this is possible for anyone else. No one can do more than Jesus did, and He deserves all our confidence, life, and faith as Messiah.  The people of His day didn’t know it, but we have history and God’s Word to validate who He is and all He continues to do!

 

Even with all He had done, the religious leaders were out to get Him as He was messing up their world and control.  “When the Pharisees heard that the crowds were whispering such things, they and the leading priests sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus”. They can’t allow Him to disrupt their world.  So they take a bold action to try and arrest Him.  Jesus doesn’t resist directly, but tells them they aren’t going to be able to do it, at least not now.  “But Jesus told them, I will be with you only a little longer. Then I will return to the one who sent me. You will search for me but not find me. And you cannot go where I am going”.

Jesus takes the confusion further for those who were pursuing Him. “On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)”  The celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles emphasized how God provided water to Israel in the wilderness on their way to Canaan. Jesus boldly called people to Himself to drink and satisfy their deepest thirst, their spiritual thirst.  Has your thirst been satisfied?  Jesus is the only way to have that happen.

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