Day 21: John 7:37-52
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
Others said, “He is the Messiah.”
Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” Thus the people were dividedbecause of Jesus. Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”
“No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.
“You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”
Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”
They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”
John 7:37-52 (NIV)
Perspective is a choice. Our point of view can be clouded, distorted, and blocked. We make decisions based upon comfortable perches - perches that filter and limit our relational potential.
Nicodemus made a choice to have a different perspective from the other Pharisees. He asked questions and even challenged the consensus. The Pharisees had a playbook.
As we seek the living water offered by Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit, attitude, alignment, and application are choices. Does our attitude exhibit grace from God? Our attitude determines what can be seen and even how we feel. Do we align our hearts and minds with a loving Heavenly Father? The renewing of our minds is continual with study, prayer, community, worship, and service. Do we take action and apply? God changes this world through those who serve.
John later records that following the crucifixion, Nicodemus served in the preparation of the body of Jesus for the tomb. Nicodemus risked his position and his life in the service of Jesus. He showed love for Jesus before the resurrection. Love changes us and changes the outcome.
Father, we want to see one another from your point of view. We want to seek and do Your will.
Jerry Kindig, Information Technology