Jesus Had To Shout His Message

Eyewitness: pp. 130-133
Message: John 7: 37,38
NIV: John 7:28,29
NLT: John 7: 15-39
In Your Bible: John 7: 1-40

At the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus was in the Temple teaching. During this time the Rabbis argued with Jesus about what was “work” on the Sabbath. The Jews circumcised boys on the Sabbath and Jesus healed on the Sabbath! Jesus was adamant! Neither was against God’s will. He had to shout his message over their objections.

Message from God

The people asked, “How does he know so much when he hasn’t been trained?” They were astonished by what Jesus said next. “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own” (John 7:15-17 NLT).

Jesus Challenges Their Thinking

The people were surprised to see him teaching in the Temple during the Feast. But no one would defend Jesus for fear of the Jewish leaders’ reaction. They knew where Jesus was from, but also knew that when the Messiah came, no one would know where He came from. It was a dilemma for them.

Jesus, teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, but I know him because I am from him and he sent me” (John 7:28,29 NIV).

Living Water

On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says” (John 7:37,38 The Message).

This is the same discourse he had privately with the Samaritan woman at the well (see John Chapter 4). Now, publicly Jesus vigorously appealed to all who could hear.

Yes, at the Festival of Tabernacles, Jesus had to stand and shout his message.

Prayer: Father, thank you for Jesus’ amazing teaching. As he presented it different ways, it shows me how to share your words with different people at different times.

Questions: Why do you think Jesus had to keep telling the Jewish leaders and other people he actually came from God?

How would you explain living water to a new believer?

2 thoughts on “Jesus Had To Shout His Message

  1. What I think many do not pick up on in this passage is that Jesus “had” to shout His message to the Jewish Leaders because they were refusing to accept the truths He spoke. This was not the same with the Jewish people.

    Many believe that preaching on street corners can empower one to believe they are doing the work of God, but without a relationship (with God and the person they are speaking to) their words are just that…words. The same goes for the average Christian who goes to church and is confused about how to reach those at work, at home, or at play with the messages of Jesus.

    They do not realize that if they were to “embody” the teachings of Jesus on a consistent basis, instances where they “do the right thing” instead of the popular one will be admired and questioned in the household and/or workplace. This provides an opportunity to open the door ever so slightly on their faith and show those teachings are embedded in their hearts. Revealing just a snippet of oneself incites curiosity, and invites further conversation on the subject. It may not be immediate, but that is what discipling is all about…. God’s time.

    I firmly believe this is the way Jesus would “witness” to others, rather than abruptly asking them “Where do you go to church?” or “Do you know if you are going to heaven?” out of the blue. Christians are charged with loving mankind. Making them defensive does not constitute “care”, but learning who they are and what they need does.

    Pray for God to send people to you to tell you about their problems, because it is in these moments Jesus can help them through you.

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