Testify Series: Day 14

John 7:31-53

Big Idea: Once again people were hearing Jesus speak and having to make a choice based on His testimony. Some believed He was a Prophet, others the Messiah, and others were skeptics. What we decide about Jesus while we are here on earth is of eternal significance.

Many among the crowds at the Temple believed in Jesus because of His miracles and signs. When the Pharisees heard this they again wanted to arrest Jesus, but He told them He would be with them only a little longer, then He would return to the one who sent Him. He said they could search for Him and not find Him because they couldn’t go where He was going. 

They were again confused by His words, misunderstanding Him. On the last day of the Festival of Booths (remembering the story of how the Isrealites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years living in tents following Moses). Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink, referring to the Holy Spirit.

When He said this some believed He was a Prophet, others the Messiah, and others were skeptics. 

They were tripped up because he was from Galilee. “The scriptures state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.” What they didn’t realize is that he was born there, Luke 2).

The temple guards didn’t arrest Him because they were persuaded by Him.

The Pharisees talked amongst themselves to see if anyone of them believed. They determined they didn’t and stated God’s curse was on the crowds who followed Jesus as Messiah. 

Nicodemus, who had met with Jesus earlier, reminded them that it wasn’t legal to convict Him before a hearing.

Then they criticized Nicodemus and made fun of him. “Are you from Galilee, too?”