Bethlehem John 7:1-4, 37, 40-52

Bethlehem John 7:1-4, 37, 40-52

Verse 42 is the key verse in this passage. The prophet says that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem-it is prophesied in Micah 5:2, 4. There are two locations mentioned in this text in John 7-Galilee and Bethlehem.

v. 2  Feast of Tabernacles-What was the feast? Remembering the 40 years of wandering in the desert, they lived in a tent for 1 week. On the last day of the feast, Isaiah 12:3 (Messianic prophecy) was read and water was poured out into the pool and brought to the temple. Jesus stands up and says in vs. 37-38, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. If anyone believes in me, as the Scriptures said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” Basically Jesus says, “This is about  me”.

There is 3 fold response from the people:

1.) He is a prophet  2.) He is the Christ  3.) How can the Christ come from Galilee? 2 statements, 1 question

It is similar today. Some think He is something. Some think He is the Christ. Some reject and look for an excuse. They reject it without knowing the facts. Jesus was from Bethlehem and was the only living legitimate heir to the throne of David. Either Jesus was who He said He was or He was a crazy and delusional.

Here are some simple truths about people who miss the truth by their own ignorance.

1.  People reject the truth because they really don’t want to hear it.  v. 41-43-People will say that Jesus was a great teacher, did wonderful miracles, but if I follow Christ, I have to give up my sin and that is a truth that I cannot accept. (Christianity limits me. I can’t accept Christ.)

2.  People reject the truth because they think they already have it.  v. 46-48-This is where tradition blinds the masses of religions.

3.  People reject the truth because they refuse to search for it.  v. 50-52-Nicodemus (probably a believer) tries to help the situation, and they turn on him (he was also a Pharisee). If they had bothered to do any research, they would have known that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and a son (descendant) of David. Many reject Christ because they don’t know the facts. Think of Jesus quoting Isaiah     12:3 “with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Now read v. 6, “Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

Who is the Christ of the Scripture? 

The Holy One of Israel (Is. 12:6),

The Stream of Living Water (John 7:38)      

The Greater than Solomon (Matt. 12:42)

The Bread of Life (John 6:35)          

The Great I am (John 8:58)

The Ancient of Days (Dan. 7:9)

The Rock in the Desert (1 Cor. 10:4)

The Cornerstone that the builders rejected (Eph. 2:20)

Son of David (Matr. 21:9)

Son of God (Luke 22:70)     

The radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of His being (Heb.1:3)

The Messiah (John 1:41)

Emmanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace (Is. 9:7)

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