ALL-CHURCH FOCUS 2018 DEVOTIONAL

September 4th, Day #17 - John 7:25-52

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If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. – John 7:37-38

 

What has been flowing out of your heart lately? Joy? Hostility? Freedom? Bitterness? 


Take a few moments to come to Jesus and invite Him into those areas of your heart so that He can fill you with His life-giving water!

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Read John 7:25-52

 

Water. Who doesn’t need and want water?

 

Today people actually buy bottled water. Many carry it with them everywhere. I found it amazing to learn our bodies are over 50% water and our brain is 75% water. Water is a BIG deal and in today’s passage, Jesus uses our need for water to illustrate our need for a trusting, ongoing personal relationship with Him.

 

Teachable moments are those rare times when the circumstances of everyday life provide the backdrop for learning a life lesson. Jesus captures just such a moment during the last day of the annual week-long feast being celebrated in Jerusalem. This feast commemorated the miracle of God providing water from a rock for thirsty Israel while in the wilderness. Despite threats of arrest, Jesus uses this perfect setting to stand up and declare to a curious, questioning crowd who He was; He is The Rock and invites the thirsty to come to Him and drink.

 

May we seize those teachable moments when the everyday things of daily life, like water, can help connect curious, questioning people to discover who Jesus is. Is His living water flowing from our hearts to others?

 

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Let’s look to what God wants to say directly to you today through John 7:25-52


Scripture: Write down any verses or words that impacted you on this journey through these verses.

 

Observation: From where does Jesus receive His living water?

 

Application: Think back to a time when you were desperate for a drink. How did you act? How long did it take you to quench your thirst? What do you do when your soul is parched and in need of hope, reassurance, or healing? How can Jesus provide living water for your soul?

 

Prayer: Invite Jesus into those dry places of your heart and ask Him to fill you up with rivers of living water so that you can share it with other “dry wells” you meet.

bonus round

People were trying to figure out if Jesus was "the Christ?" What did that title ("Christ" or "Messiah") mean to them in that age and culture? 


Messiah comes from the Hebrew word mashiach and means “anointed one” or “chosen one.” The Greek equivalent is the word Christos or, in English, Christ. The name “Jesus Christ” is the same as “Jesus the Messiah.” In biblical times, anointing someone with oil was a sign that God was consecrating or setting apart that person for a particular role. Thus, an “anointed one” was someone with a special, God-ordained purpose.

In the Old Testament, people were anointed for the positions of prophet, priest, and king. God told Elijah to anoint Elisha to succeed him as Israel’s prophet (1 Kings 19:16). Aaron was anointed as the first high priest of Israel (Leviticus 8:12). Samuel anointed both Saul and David as kings of Israel (1 Samuel 10:116:13). All of these men held “anointed” positions. But the Old Testament predicted a coming Deliverer, chosen by God to redeem Israel (Isaiah 42:161:1–3). This Deliverer the Jews called the Messiah.

Jesus of Nazareth was and is the prophesied Messiah (Luke 4:17–21John 4:25–26). Throughout the New Testament, we see proof that Jesus is the Chosen One: “These [miracles] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). We also hear testimonies that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). The ultimate evidence that Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah, the Anointed One, is His resurrection from the dead. Acts 10:39–43 is an eyewitness testimony to His resurrection and the fact that “he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.”

Jesus fulfills the role of Prophet, Priest, and King, which is further evidence to His being the Messiah. He is a prophet, because He embodied and preached the Word of God (see John 1:1–1814:24; and Luke 24:19); a priest, because His death atones for our sins and reconciles us to the Father (see Hebrews 2:174:14); and a king, because after His resurrection God gave all authority to Him (see John 18:36Ephesians 1:20–23; and Revelation 19:16).

The Jews of Jesus’ day expected the Messiah to redeem Israel by overthrowing the rule of the Romans and establishing an earthly kingdom (see Acts 1:6). It wasn’t until after Jesus’ resurrection that His disciples finally began to understand what the prophecies in the Old Testament really meant the Messiah would do (see Luke 24:25–27). The Messiah was “anointed” first to deliver His people spiritually; that is, to redeem them from sin (John 8:31–36). He accomplished this salvation through His death and resurrection (John 12:32John 3:16). Later, Jesus the Messiah will deliver His people from their physical enemies, when He sets up His Kingdom on the earth (see Isaiah 9:1–7).


*This resource an excerpt from What does Messiah mean? by GotQuestions.org