Google+ 11/16/13 Jesus Saves!

 

John 7:37-43

 

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.) 

When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared,

“Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.”  

Others said, “He is the Messiah.”

Still others said, “But he can’t be!

Will the Messiah come from Galilee?  

For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born

Of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem,

The village where King David was born.” 

So the crowd was divided about him.

 

We have finally arrived at the conclusion of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, “Water, Water, Everywhere!”  Today we listen to a major dilemma that the apostle John shares with us.  Jesus has declared to everyone that all are welcome to come to Him.  Anyone that is thirsty is welcome to come and drink.  Jesus proclaims that all that will believe in Him will be filled with the Holy Spirit when He ascended.  What great news!  Not for everyone.  Some of the people listening that day proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah.  They should have, as we know He was and is!   As we have discussed for the last three weeks, we Christians often make believing in Jesus much harder than it needs to be.  Some of the people in the crowd began to argue about Jesus’s origin.  They were confused.  He was often referred to as “Jesus of Galilee” or “Jesus of Nazareth.”  Those that were confused did not even realize the truth about Jesus’s birth place. There is a danger in allowing this confusion to continue.  As Christians, we must make sure that the truth is crystal clear.  If we don’t, the confusion turns into chaos and people end up believing many incorrect “facts.”  This is how we ended up with fractured denominations and “Christian” religions that are really not Christian at all.  We that believe in the Triune God, and the complete reality of who Jesus is as the Son of God, cannot keep quiet in the midst of those that are confused.  As a fellow pastor once said to me, “Dave, telling the truth is not pronouncing judgment.  God does that through the truth!”  He was so right.  Make sure that no one is confused in your Family of God.  If people question, give them the truthful, Biblical answers and don’t mince words.  When you do, the confusion will mount and get far worse.  Christianity is not a popularity contest and people do get to choose what they wish to believe.  The “Living Water” is what we must all seek and receive.  If we do not dispel the confusion, the consequences can often be painful.  Make the truth simple.  “Jesus Saves!”