Jesus Brings Change: The Christ
I. Who is the Christ? 7:25-32.
25 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, "Isn't this the man they are trying to kill? 26 Here 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, 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me." 30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. 31 Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?" 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
Jesus, whose birth we celebrate, is the long-awaited solution for the sin and evil of our world. He is the Christ, the answer to the culture of sin and evil that we have created.
II. Jesus came with a plan; 7:33-36.
33 Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the one who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come." 35 The 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? 36 What did he mean when he said, 'You will look for me, but you will not find me,' and 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"
The multitudes were talking about Jesus’ miracles; “therefore” he turned the discussion to His death, which was the most significant topic for faith. Jesus is expressing His unconcern at the plot. His life and His death are determined by the Father, not the Pharisees. Nothing can deter Jesus from His mission, then or now. Jesus is now at the right hand of God interceding for believers and calling unbelievers to Himself.
III. Thirsty people will be satisfied; 7:37-39.
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.
Christ is in fact the source of the living water. To come to Jesus and drink is to believe. It is true that the living water has its ultimate source in Christ, yet the believer is a source to others. John tells us that it was the work of Jesus that made the difference. It was not yet spirit because Jesus had not yet been glorified. Calvary is the necessary prelude to Pentecost. Sin must be dealt with before we can enter life in the Spirit. Jesus is the answer to the world’s cry for help.
IV. Divided Opinion; 7:40-44.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, "Surely this man is the Prophet." 41 Others said, "He is the Christ." Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee? 42 Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family 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.
Thus, there was a “division.” The crowd of pilgrims was not unanimous in its views of Jesus. Some thought Him to be a prophet, some the Christ, and some wanted to arrest Him. No actual attempt at arrest is described, simply the will to do it. John leaves us in no doubt as to the intention of this group. But nothing came of it. No arrest could take place before His “hour” had come.
Jesus still receives a varied acceptance from those who encounter His truth.
Does Jesus fit with our expectations? Could Jesus be the one you’re waiting on?