(52 verses, 5:45 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Feast of Booths
- Jesus and his Brothers (1-9).
- Jesus goes to the feast (10-13).
- Jesus reveals himself by teaching at the temple (14-24).
- From whence is the Christ? What works shall he do (25-31)?
- Jesus will go where the Pharisees will not find him (32-36).
- Jesus, Living Water, and Division (37-44).
- Nicodemus appeals for due process (45-52).
- There are a number of elements in this chapter that I find interesting. Let’s walk through them one at a time.
- First, it’s interesting that Jesus’ family (his mother and brothers/cousins) believed in Jesus, and like Mary in the second chapter, his brothers seem to be pushing Jesus to reveal himself as God’s Son, the long awaited Messiah. Jesus, as with his mother, will not be conformed to the will of his earthly family. Yes, he must reveal himself as the Scriptures say, but it’s according to the will of the Father in heaven.
- It’s natural for Jesus, when he goes to Jerusalem, to teach in the temple. The temple is where God has placed his name (1 Kings 8). Jesus’, the fulfilment of God’s temple, also reveals his name, his holy doctrine, from the temple. Promise and fulfillment are there as Jesus teaches.
- Though the people were divided about Jesus identity, the Lord knows his source, God the Father himself.
- Notice the connection of “living water” and John chapter 4. Here we find a definition or explanation of living water.
- Though Nicodemus first comes by night to Jesus in John 3, by this point he’s gaining some confidence to defend Jesus by requesting a trial. A trial happens, of course, but lies brought forth as evidence. That’s not, I’m guessing, what Nicodemus wanted. Finally, at the cross on the evening of good Friday, Nicodemus’ fear of his fellow Jews gives way to faith as he helps to care for Jesus body that would be raised on the third day.
- Prayer: Heavenly Father, open our ears to hear Jesus’ Word by which we receive the living water of thy Holy Spirit that rivers of faith, of confessing Jesus name, may flow from our hearts. Amen.
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