John 8:39-47

39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.

“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”

“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me.43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
(John 8:39-47 NIV)

As we look into today’s passage, we see Jesus continuing to dialogue with the Jews at the temple courtyard.  Jesus has just talked about their spiritual heritage, and the Jewish crowd only wanted to talk about their biological heritage.  The group thought that their natural heritage from Abraham was also their spiritual heritage, and as such was their ticket to heaven.

At the end of the last passage, Jesus differentiated Himself from the unbelieving crowd by saying He was following the example of His Father in heaven while they were following the example of their father (implied to be the devil).

As we pick up the dialogue in today’s passage, the crowd replies that Abraham is their father, again implying that their biological heritage is also their spiritual heritage.

Jesus picks up the crowd’s words and uses those same words (“Abraham’s children”) as the testimony against them.  Jesus reminds the crowd about how Abraham responded when God spoke, either directly or through a prophet.  Jesus is essentially saying that Abraham honored those who spoke God’s words to him, and would never think of dishonoring God or His prophets, let alone murdering them.  Jesus said that if the crowd were Abraham’s children, they should act like Abraham instead of their father (implied to be the devil).

The crowd reacts again to Jesus’ insinuation and throws a personal insult at Jesus along the way by implying that they are all legitimate children, not conceived out of wedlock like Jesus was.  Having lost the argument that Abraham was their spiritual father, the crowd now says that God is their spiritual father.

Jesus has been gracious to the crowd up to this point and has just implied that the crowd has a different father (the devil) than Jesus (God the Father).  Jesus responds not to their personal insult, but to their claim that they belonged to the same Father as Jesus.  Jesus cannot hold back any longer.  They are claiming they belong to the same Father as Jesus, so Jesus talks plainly and pointedly to them.

Jesus says that if they were from the same Father in Heaven, then they would recognize Him as being God’s Son.  Jesus says that siblings know each other and love each other, and there is no recognition or love from the crowd to Jesus.

In verse 43, Jesus asks and answers a question of the group:  “Why can’t you understand what I am saying?  Because it’s a family thing, and you are not in My family.”  In verse 44, Jesus makes no more insinuations – He calls out the crowd as having the devil as their father.  He points out two attributes of the devil – 1) he is a murderer, and 2) he is a liar.  Jesus has just offered the crowd eternal life (the opposite of murder), and truth that sets them free (the opposite of lies), and the group has rejected them both.

In verses 45 – 47, Jesus tells the crowd that He is telling the truth, then asks and answers His questions about their unbelief.  Ultimately, Jesus says, the crowd does not believe Jesus because they are not in God’s family.

How do we proclaim God as our Father?  There is much to be learned from Jesus’example here, mainly learning to respond in grace to those who claim to be associated with God.  Are those who claim to be of God depending on Jesus’ offers of eternal life and spiritual freedom, or are they depending on something or someone else?

May we always offer Christ and Christ alone to those who are searching for a relationship with God, and may we do so with grace and love, just as someone who showed us Christ with grace and love.

Blessings,
~kevin

John 8:31-38

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”
(John 8:31-38 NIV)

As we pick up with today’s passage, Jesus continues the dialogue with those still gathered around Him as He taught in the temple courtyard.  Despite the Pharisees’ constant scrutiny and attempts to discredit Jesus, John told us that many still believed in Jesus.

After the incident with the Pharisees’ foiled trap of the adulterous woman, Jesus resumed His teaching with the first of four promises:

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
(John 8:12 NIV)

In today’s passage, Jesus continues with the second of the four promises:

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
(John 8:31b-32 NIV)

Once again, some in the crowd misunderstand Jesus and react to His words.  They key in on Jesus’ words of being set free and take great offense to His implication that they are in bondage.  With great nationalistic pride, they reply that as Abraham’s offspring, they have never been slaves of anyone.

Really?!?

Jesus did not go off-topic here, but He could have.  How many generations were the Israelites slaves in Egypt?  And how many times was Israel overrun by marauders and taken captive because of the nation’s sin, only to have God rescue them again?  And who was the sovereign state over them at this very instant?  The Romans were not the cousins from out of town come to visit; they had the final say in all matters, including life and death.

Jesus skips right over the Jews’ nationalistic pride and gets to the heart of each person listening to His teaching.  Jesus responds in verse 34, clarifying that He is talking about being captive to sin.  Jesus is not talking about their sovereignty as a nation, but about the captivity of their hearts.  Notice that Jesus uses His familiar “Pay attention!” phrase to begin verse 34:  “Very truly I tell you (“Verily, Verily, I say unto you… [KJV])”

In verses 35 – 36, Jesus illustrates His point by comparing a slave to a son in the father’s eyes.  The slave has no right and no inheritance while the son has both.  And that is what Jesus is offering – to transform each of them (and us) from slaves of sin to sons (and daughters) of God.

In verses 37-38, Jesus acknowledges that the Jews listening to Him are indeed Abraham’s biological descendants, but their biological lineage does not automatically guarantee their free passage into heaven.

This had been the Israelites’ downfall and mistaken belief for generations – that as God’s chosen people, they had an “in” with God and eternity, and therefore, their heart (which reflected their relationship with God) and their behavior (which revealed their heart) did not matter.  Jesus was addressing this generational lie that came from the pit of hell and Satan himself.

Again, Jesus called out that the Jews were trying to kill Him because they did not know the Father or the Son whom the Father had sent.  Jesus acknowledged their common biological ancestry but again brought the conversation around to their spiritual lineage, the matter of their hearts’ allegiance to God the Father and Himself as the Son.  Jesus was reflecting His Father’s heart and message, and they were revealing their father’s heart.

So what are the faith lessons here today?

  • The first thing is that Jesus offers freedom from the enslavement of sin.  No one or nothing else can provide that kind of liberty, the freedom of the heart and soul that carries over from this life to the next in eternity.
  • The second thing is like the Israelites, the world is looking in all the wrong places for freedom.  As followers of Christ, we must keep our heart allegiance to Christ, and not look to human institutions such as a political party, a country, a government, or even our association with a denomination or church to provide us ultimate freedom from sin that only Christ can and does offer.

May we experience the real freedom that Christ offers, and not accept any substitutes or cheap imitations that promise everything but deliver less than what Christ offers.

Blessings,
~kevin

John 8:21-30

21 Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”

22 This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says,‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”

23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

25 “Who are you?” they asked.

“Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied.26 “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”

27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.
(John 8:21-30 NIV)

In yesterday’s passage, Jesus was teaching in the temple courtyard, and there was a crowd of people listening to Him.  The Pharisees interrupted Jesus and started asking Him questions about the validity of His testimony to discredit Him.

In today’s section, Jesus continues the dialogue with the Jewish religious leaders.   Jesus knows that anything He says to them will fall on deaf ears – they don’t believe He is Messiah.

In verse 21, Jesus foretells of His death.  The Pharisees understand that Jesus is saying He is going to die, but they think Jesus is telling them He is going to commit suicide.  Once again, John points out that the religious leaders totally misunderstand Jesus.

In verses 23 – 24, Jesus again explains to the religious leaders that unless they believe Jesus is the Messiah, they will die in their sins.  Since the religious leaders had already decided that Jesus could not be the Messiah because He had not come supernaturally as an adult (He came supernaturally as a child) and grew up in Galilee (He was born in Bethlehem), they dismissed Jesus as just another teacher.

The religious leaders, in their frustration, finally asked Jesus, “who are you?” (verse 25).

Jesus tells them that His message is the same – He is the son of God, sent from heaven as Messiah (vv. 25b – 26).

At this point, John interjects one of his parenthetical notes in case we were wondering what Jesus was saying.  John tells us that Jesus is talking about His heavenly Father.

Jesus goes on to say to the religious leaders that when they crucify and kill Him, that they will then understand that He is the Messiah and is only being obedient to His Father, the one who sent Him in the first place.

John ends this snippet of conversation between Jesus and the religious leaders with another whispering note to us.  John informs us that even though the religious leaders didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah, many of the onlookers and surrounding crowd understood what Jesus was saying.  These folks in the crowd believed that Jesus was the chosen One of Israel, God’s Son, the Messiah.

So what are the big takeaways from this conversation between Jesus and the religious leaders?  Several things come to mind:

  • Jesus’ obedience to His Father, giving His Father credit and honoring Him despite the continuous questioning and challenges by the unbelieving religious leaders.

    Do I have such an unwavering obedience to my Heavenly Father, especially with prolonged examination and opposition, or do I get tired and discouraged and give up?

  • The power of the Gospel of Christ, even in the midst of opposition.  As John notes, even though Jesus is in this back-and-forth dialogue with the religious leaders who seek to discredit Him, many still come to belief and faith in Him.

    The key learning?  You never know who is listening and whom God is prompting to come to Himself, even during times of opposition and unbelief with others.

May we be found faithful and obedient to our Heavenly Father, and remember Jesus’ example modeled for us as we encounter spiritual battles.

Blessings,
~kevin

John 8:12-20

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”

19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”

“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.
(John 8:12-20 NIV)

After being so rudely interrupted by the Pharisees and their “test” with the woman caught in adultery, Jesus resumes teaching in the temple courtyard (v. 12, v. 20).  Assuming for a moment that this is still the same day (the day after the end of the Feast of the Tabernacles), there are likely a few carryover worshippers who stick around to hear what Jesus has to say.

As we look at today’s passage, we see Jesus speaking of Himself as the light of the world.  At first glance, we accept what Jesus was saying and move on.  John assumes that his audience has a full grasp of the context of this statement, so he does not elaborate on what Jesus is referring to or saying.  Let’s go back and fill in some of the historical contexts to better understand what John is saying.

In the larger picture of Jewish holidays, the Feast of the Tabernacles came after the Jewish High Holy Days (Rosh Hashana [Jewish New Year] followed by ten days of penitence and ending with Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]).  In the High Holy Days, everyone repented for their sins and recognized and revered God as their sovereign leader and savior.

The Feast of the Tabernacles, then, was a celebration of the Jews’ restored relationship with God.  The fact that all these events took place in and around the temple focuses on God’s presence in and dwelling among His redeemed ones.

With this context in mind, Jesus is still teaching in the courtyard temple area.  The previous day was the last day of the Feast, and assuming this was a traditional Feast, everyone celebrated the Temple Light Show to commemorate the end of the Feast.  The Temple Light Show was an incredible event, with dancing, eating and drinking, fun with family and friends to celebrate God living among His people again.  The Light Show was a community worship celebration like no other, and Jesus was there in the midst of it.

While John does not explicitly say so, Jesus is likely referring to the Temple Light Show when He talks about being the Light of the World.  Jesus had already spoken about offering Living Water (the Holy Spirit) back in chapter 7, verses 37-39, which likely referred to the Water Ceremony that was part of the Feast traditions.  Referring to the Temple Light Show was a natural progression of events.

Of course, the Pharisees were right there, waiting to pick apart what Jesus was saying.  They challenged Jesus on acting as His witness, as Jesus said, “I am…”.  Jesus refutes them by claiming His Father in Heaven was the other witness.

The Pharisees argue with Jesus, again trying to box Jesus in as they interact with Him.  If Jesus claims His Father is the witness, they ask Jesus to produce the father as a witness so he can bear testimony on Jesus’ behalf.  We don’t know what happened to Jesus’ earthly father Joseph, but there is no indicator that he is around (or even living) at this point.

The Pharisees likely knew the situation with Joseph, and would call Jesus delusional if Jesus tried to produce Joseph as a witness.  On the other hand, if Jesus were referring to Himself as Messiah and His Father as God, then the Pharisees had Jesus as a blasphemer (or so they thought).

In either case, the Pharisees were weaving another web they intended to catch Jesus in, and once again, Jesus disregarded their questions and cut to the heart of the matter.

What is our take-away, our faith lesson from today’s passage?  Obviously, that Jesus promises eternal life as the Light of the World.  As followers of Christ, we need to see Jesus in the context of the Feast of the Tabernacles – welcoming us into the community of believers and enjoying the celebration of having God in us and with us and living through us, just as He dwelled with the ancient followers in the Tabernacle.

Blessings,
~kevin

John 7:53 – 8:11

53 Then they all went home,

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
(John 7:53 – 8:11 NIV)

As we begin this section, it is important to mention that the earliest manuscripts of John’s Gospel do not contain this section (7:53 – 8:11).  Other later manuscripts do contain this section; still others include this section but place it in slightly different locations in John’s Gospel.

There are a variety of theories about this section’s omission from the earliest known manuscripts.  The most prevalent theory is that the scholars making copies of John’s Gospel felt this passage showed that Jesus was condoning adultery.  Those early scholars were likely Jewish converts to Christ, and their high regard for God’s Law made it inconceivable that Jesus would condone sin in any form or fashion.

The theories go on to say that as the scholars learned more about God’s grace, this section was reinstated because Jesus was teaching both the religious rulers and the woman about God’s amazing grace that covers our sins and fulfills God’s Law.

Most of the scholars agree that John wrote this section, as it matches the rest of John’s writings in style, content, and voice.  With these facts in mind, we’ll proceed and treat this section like it is part of God’s inspired Word to John’s readers and us.

Assuming John’s chronology is literal, this passage takes place the day after the end of the Feast of the Tabernacles.  Jesus is back in the temple courtyards teaching, and the crowds have gathered around Him.  The Pharisees burst on the scene with a woman caught in adultery and demand that Jesus decide her fate.

There were several issues with the Pharisees’ demands to Jesus:

  • The passage of Scripture the Pharisees referred to (Leviticus 20:10) stated that both the man and woman caught in adultery were to be put to death.  If the Pharisees caught them in the act like they said they did, why did they not arrest the man as well as the woman?  The Pharisees were just as guilty because they did not apply God’s Law and judgment equally to all parties involved.
  • The Romans had taken away the Jews’ right to exercise the death penalty, with the exception of a Gentile unlawfully entering the inner portions of the Temple.  That was clearly not the case here, and Jesus pronouncing the death sentence on this woman would be breaking the Roman law.
  • While God’s Law did say that adulterers were to be put to death, the Leviticus passage mentioned above does not call out how the death penalty was to be applied.

John clues us in that Jesus knew that this was a trap (v. 6) designed to find something that Jesus was violating in their traditions or God’s Law so they could accuse Jesus and arrest Him.  Once again, Jesus ignores their questions and demands and gets to the heart of the matter.

John records that Jesus bent down to the ground and started writing in the dirt.  John does not tell us what Jesus was writing.  It could be names of the men that had committed adultery, or just a listing of sins that were also called out in God’s Law and required some punishment.

No matter what Jesus wrote, His actions had the intended effect and the crowd eventually dispersed until it was just Jesus and the woman there.  John makes an interesting observation that the oldest among the gathered crowd were the ones that left the scene first.  Were they the ones that realized that Jesus was correct and knew they could not cast the first stone?  John does not tell us directly but implies this was the case.

So what’s the faith lesson from today’s passage?  As the woman stood before Jesus, likely wrapped in only a bedsheet or a blanket, Jesus forgave her and told her to leave her life of sin.  And so it is with you and me – when confronted with our sin, Jesus forgives us and tells us to sin no more.

As followers of Christ, may we remember to receive God’s forgiveness, grace, and mercy and live for God’s glory and not our selfish interests.

Blessings,
~kevin

John 7:45-52

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.”
(John 7:45-52 NIV)

As we wrap up chapter 7 of John’s Gospel, we see the Jewish religious rulers throwing a fit about Jesus.  Jesus was preaching and teaching in their synagogues, and they seemed powerless to stop Him.

John records twice in this chapter (v. 30, v. 44) that no one laid a hand on Jesus to detain Him or arrest Him.  The chief priests and the Pharisees even sent the temple guards to arrest Jesus (v. 32).  The temple guards disobeyed a direct order and did nothing.

Verses 45 – 46 capture the moment the temple guards return.  Notice that John begins the thought with the word “Finally”.  The guards were captivated by Jesus’ teaching, and must have stayed quite a while before they realized they needed to report back.

When the guards came back empty-handed, they were proclaiming Jesus’ innocence.  The religious rulers were looking for any trumped-up charges to get Jesus out of the public eye and regain control over the people, but the guards could not find anything wrong with what Jesus was saying or doing.

The guards’ disobedience to a direct order infuriated the religious leaders even more.  In verses 47 – 49, the rulers felt even more impotent and unable to control the situation at hand and felt themselves losing the iron-clad grip they had over the Jewish people.  The religious leaders even went as far as saying that someone had put a curse on the crowds (and the guards also) because they believed Jesus.

Nicodemus spoke up and tried to interject a point of reason back into the tense situation.  Since the religious rulers were focused on the Law, Nicodemus thought that reminding his fellow leaders of God’s due process laid out in the Scriptures (Exodus 23:1, Deuteronomy 1:16) would get their attention and stop the rage they were exhibiting.

Nicodemus was correct but felt the stinging lash of his fellow Pharisees’ words, just as the guards had felt earlier.  The religious rulers saw red, and no one was safe from their fiery blast.  They accused Nicodemus of being a Jesus sympathizer and of not knowing the Scriptures (that no prophet could be from Galilee).

There were two problems with this argument:

1) the Pharisees never bothered to ask where Jesus was born; they assumed He was born where He was raised and now lived, as that was the custom of the day.

2) Jonah was from Galilee, a fact conveniently forgotten and which Nicodemus probably knew but did not use to correct his fellow Pharisees.  Nicodemus was more likely thinking about the many passages in Proverbs talking about answering fools and avoiding further conflict than setting them straight.

Each person’s confrontation with Jesus the Messiah generates a response.  Just as the crowd was divided over who Jesus was, our generation has to grapple with that same question.

How do we reflect Jesus to our generation?  Do we present Him as He is, or do we wrap Him in our religious talk and make Him appear as one of the Pharisees?

May we reflect Jesus for who and what He truly is, not what we want Him to be.

Blessings,
~kevin

John 7:37-44

37 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.
(John 7:37-44 NIV)

Jesus is at the Feast of the Tabernacles and has begun teaching publicly in the synagogue courtyard.  In today’s passage, John notes that Jesus has been at the festival several days, and the event which John records in today’s reading is on the last day of the festival.

To understand what Jesus was saying, we need to understand the context of the Feast of the Tabernacles.  John’s record of this event was likely self-evident to the average Jewish reader of John’s day; for us, it takes a little more investigation.

The Feast of the Tabernacles was held during fall harvest to celebrate the Lord’s blessing and the gathering of the crops.  The feast lasted seven days and commemorated the Lord’s provision in the Promised Land, the land flowing with milk and honey, the land of abundance.

One of the ceremonies of the Feast is called the Water Ceremony, where the high priest walks to the Pool of Siloam, dips a water pitcher into the water, walks back to the temple courtyard and pours out the water.  As the high priest is pouring out the water, he and the parishioners recite a Messianic passage as a blessing to the Lord:

25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!
    O Lord, we pray, give us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:25-26 NIV)

Again, John does not spell out every last detail here, but could it be that Jesus spoke up while the Water Ceremony was taking place?

I can imagine Jesus watching this Water Ceremony taking place and saying, “Hey folks, I’m right here – you are asking Messiah to save you.  I offer you spiritual water that will save your souls.   I’m right here!”

Isaiah 55:1 talks about God offering living water to Israel, and  Isaiah 58:11 talks about Israel being a well-watered garden with a source of living water (a spring) that will never fail.  Both of these passages refer to spiritual water, not literal water.  John makes it clear that the “water” Jesus was offering was the Holy Spirit.  Jesus never portrayed Himself as the water, but as the One who provides the water.

John records the mayhem in the crowd.  Some thought Jesus was “the Prophet” (Moses) while others thought Jesus was Messiah.  More misunderstanding and confusion around Jesus – who He is and what He is doing.

John records that some wanted to seized Jesus, but no one laid a hand on Him.

As I read and study this passage, I am reminded of God’s words through Jeremiah the prophet against Israel as they tried to do life on their own without God:

12 Be appalled, O heavens, at this;
    be shocked, be utterly desolate,
declares the Lord,
13 for my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
    the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
    broken cisterns that can hold no water.
(Jeremiah 2:12-13 ESV)

May we not forsake the source of life, the Living Water that God Himself provides to nourish and grow our hearts and souls.  Jesus offers us this Living Water free of charge to any who will receive it.

Let Jesus quench your thirst as no one or nothing else can.

Blessings,
~kevin