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A Division Among The People

by on April 11, 2014

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying,
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said,
Out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”
But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for
The Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.”
Others said, “This is the Christ.”
But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee?
“Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David
And from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”

So there was a division among the people because of Him.

Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them,
“Why have you not brought Him?”
The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”
Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived?
“Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?
“But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.”
Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them,
“Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?”
They answered and said to him,
“Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.”
And everyone went to his own house.
John 7:37-53

This fascinating account shows many reactions to Jesus. Everyone seemed to have an opinion. Jesus made His statement about Himself and what He came to do. He made a wonderful offer – “if you believe you will be blessed.” What will the people do? How will they respond?

How will you respond today? Is Jesus a prophet? Is He the Christ? Are you doubting who He is? Will you ignore Him? Will you try to kill Him? Will you be impressed with His words? Will you quote the law? Will you ask for more time to decide? Will you be blamed by the establishment of which you are a part? Will you challenge His credentials?

Everyone went to His own house. In your own house, in your own heart, who is Jesus?

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