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Rivers of living water

Rivers of living water

Jesus comes out boldly proclaiming that if anyone thirsts, they should come to Him. People are confused as to who Jesus is, creating tension in the city. A tension that is still felt today.

John 7:Jesus at the Feast of Booths

1 After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him.

2 Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand.

3 So his brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing.

4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world."

5 For not even his brothers believed in him.

6 Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.

7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.

8 You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come."

9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.

11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, "Where is he?"

12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, "He is a good man," others said, "No, he is leading the people astray."

13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching.

15 The Jews therefore marvelled, saying, "How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?"

16 So Jesus answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

17 If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.

19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?"

20 The crowd answered, "You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?"

21 Jesus answered them, "I did one work, and you all marvel at it.

22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.

23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well?

24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment."

Can This Be the Christ?

25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, "Is not this the man whom they seek to kill?

26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ?

27 But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from."

28 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, "You know me, and you know where I come from? But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know.

29 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me."

30 So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.

31 Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, "When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?"

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.

33 Jesus then said, "I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me.

34 You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come."

35 The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?

36 What does he mean by saying, 'You will seek me and you will not find me,' and, 'Where I am you cannot come'?"

Rivers of Living Water

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.

38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'"

39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Division Among the People

40 When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This really is the Prophet."

41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Is the Christ to come from Galilee?

42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"

43 So there was a division among the people over him.

44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

45 The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why did you not bring him?"

46 The officers answered, "No one ever spoke like this man!"

47 The Pharisees answered them, "Have you also been deceived?

48 Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?

49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed."

50 Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them,

51 "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?"

52 They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee."

Things to think about…

  1. In Jn 7:1-7 we see Jesus saying to His brothers that He would not go up to the feast because His time had not yet come. But He does end up going. We would not charge Jesus with lying, but He did disguise Himself because of the heightened emotion and misunderstanding about who He was. This misunderstanding about Jesus and misplaced emotion still goes on today of course. Our role is to continue to show and tell others about the truth about who Jesus really is. But in all things we need to be discerning as to who the Lord is drawing, lest we suffer unduly or be guilty of throwing pearls before pigs.
  2. Jesus goes up to the temple and begins teaching Jn 7:15-24. His teaching causes division among the people who are confused about His identity. Some say He was the Prophet, others the Christ. The Jews and the Pharisees argued that He could not be the Christ because no prophet arises out of Galilee. They had obviously not read Isaiah 9 and 11 in the right light – these passages speak about a light coming from Zebulun and Naphtali. These are in Galilee. There are still divisions today about the Messiah and the Temple Mount, especially this time of Jubilee of Jerusalem's 50th year of liberation back to Israel. There is an increased calling for the temple to be built, but sadly not an increase to know the One who's body is the temple.
  3. In Jn 7:37, 38 Jesus stands up and proclaims about the rivers of living water. We know in the Millennium a river of life will flow both east and west from Christ's temple, flowing both to the Mediterranean sea and bringing life into the Dead Sea as prophesied by Ezekiel 47:1-12 and Zechariah 14:8. Christ's words are to be taken literally and spiritually. We are His representatives and sources of life where our words give life to others who are desperate need of Christ's living water.
  4. Christ's words always bring division, Jn 7:40 -52. To some His words are the smell of life and to others the stench of death. In this world there are believers and unbelievers. There are simply no other options. Jesus put it very plainly "If you are not for me, you are against Me", Mt 12:30, Lk 11:23.
  5. Were the Jews right when replying to Nicodemus in saying ""Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee." Jn 7:52. No. They did not discern the prophet Isaiah when he said "But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined." Isa 9:1,2. The light of Christ shone on them as prophesied, but many rejected the light. Fortunately Nicodemus did not.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Sunday morning's message on "God has left the building" from Ezek 10:15-22.

1.Ezek says God departed from the threshold, vs 18. Recall some parts where scripture refers to God's presence being with either people or the nation of Israel.

2.A few short years after this prophesy Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed in 586BC. Years later Jesus standing in the rebuilt temple said "destroy this temple and in 3 days I will rebuild it" Jn 2:19. What did He mean?

3.Is it possible to have the Holy Spirit be removed from a church, yet still gather as a church? What does that look like? Consider Rev 2:4,5.

4.Some people are concerned about God's presence leaving them and maybe of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Why is it likely that this concern is unjustified? Look at the promises for the true believer in Christ and God's promise that He would never leave or forsake them. Discuss this in the light of Rom 8:31-39.

Prayer Points

1.NSW parliament they have passed the lower house to decriminalize abortion laws. Likely to be passed in the upper house. Another very sad day in Australia. But keep praying,

2.More Sunday school teachers

3.Those who are not well – Flu and other conditions. Continue to pray for Andre's heart health.

4.CBC's ministries for this term

5.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

6.Next Sunday's messages. John 7"Who do you think you are Jesus" in the morning, "Tell me about yourself…again"– Axiom 6pm.

7.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop.

8.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.

9.Church finances – Pray all expenses are met and that we can again support Digital Harvest and One for Israel.

10.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

Praise Points.

1.Lord blessed with His word and presence at church.

2.Darrel Ponter starts a new job today – Hallelujah!

3.Murray out of hospital, pray he remains well on current medication.

4.New folk at church on Sunday

5.Our Lord's tangible presence at Sunday night's prayer service

6.New ministries being considered – Outreach opportunities and Church services

7.Unity, love and peace


1.Aitchison group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Members Meeting – This Sunday after the morning service.

3.Playpatch – Back this week. Carly Backwell leads this ministry.

4.Recharge– back this week. Pete Alback leads high schoolers from 7-9pm Friday nights at church.

5.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children.

6.Mapleton Women's retreat – Fri August 23rd- Sun Aug 25th. Cost $175. More details here

7.Working Bee at church – Saturday 14th Sept, start at 8am.

This month's catechism question...

Q. 3. What has Christ given us to teach us how to pray?
A. The Lord's Prayer.

Bible Reference – Matt.6:5-15; Luke11:1-13.

"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

I am the light of the world
Israel - the faithless bride