(Read last post for the back story) So often I don’t feel like doing what I know I need to do. It’s really clear in my mind what it is that I need to accomplish, but feelings take over and it takes a conscious effort to carry out the task that I know I need to complete. It appears in John 7 that Jesus had some moments like this too.
In spite of the lack of belief of his disciples Jesus kept moving forward with his mission. Even though he was unwilling to go into Judea (Jn 7:1), he went anyway, by himself, in secret. He didn’t feel like going, but he knew that it was what he was supposed to do. When he got to Judea a lot of people were talking about him. He ignored the chatter and went into the temple to teach. The air was thick, the religious leaders were hanging on every word in order to trap him, yet “many of the crowd believed in Him.” (v 31). Jesus competes his teaching on the last day of the festival by saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (v.38)
Two belief statements, one promise: rivers of living water will flow from within those who truly believe. I want that!