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58: The Claims of Jesus Stir Up Controversy in Jerusalem

May 14, 2009

Major Text: John 7:11-53

Outline:

  1. Jesus Claims His Teaching is from God John 7:11-18
  2. Jesus Claims He is Wanted Dead John 7:19-27
  3. Jesus Claims He has been Sent by God John 7:28-32
  4. Jesus Claims He is Returning to God John 7:33-36
  5. Jesus Claims He will give Living Water John 7:37-53

Context/Discussion/Comments:

Jesus finally makes a public appearance midway through the Feast of Tabernacles. He poses the same question He asked His disciples; “Who do you say that I am?” only in a more subtle way. The Jews are divided over the question. Some say He is a prophet. Some say He is the Christ. Others say He is a deceiver and demon possessed. The Jewish leaders want to arrest Him and kill Him. Nicodemus comes to Jesus’ defense recommending they hear more of what Jesus has to say and do.

Some people did place their faith in Jesus but most could not comprehend what He was saying. His teaching did not compare favorably with what the Jewish leaders were teaching. They liked His miracles but they did not like His teaching/interpretation of The Law. They could not get past the fact that Jesus was other than flesh. They could not believe in a God Incarnate even though they expected their Messiah to come in the flesh.

Jesus prophesies concerning His return to heaven and the coming of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. This would fall on deaf ears until His death, resurrection, and ascension.

I wonder if Jesus brothers were in the audience at the temple that day. They had wanted Him to travel with them and show great miracles. Instead Jesus went alone, teaching the people about the real miracle; Jesus is from God and will return to God. Those who believe in Him would receive Living Water.

Lessons/Applications:

1. As we seek God, Truth will be revealed. Truth brings glory to God and not for man. Use this test to discern Truth from error.

2. Do not be surprised when people want to silence you for proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

3. The enemy wants dialog instead of answers. They prefer to silence Christ’s witnesses instead of making a decision concerning who Jesus really is.

4. True Christians, disciples, are able to validate the claims of Christ in their hearts and through their lives. Others will be refreshed by your Living Water [indwelling of the Holy Spirit] in times of drought and despair. Share what you have that others may know and believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Follow Christ’s lead and proclaim Him as the Son of God.

5. Investigate the claims of Jesus with the life of Jesus. See Truth and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, the Son of God.

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