[SW284] 05/26/2017 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2017
“Jesus, the Spring of Salvation”
Text: John 7:27-52
The Spring of Salvation, Jesus Christ, is the source of living water! If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Jesus and drink! Jesus wants to meet your need, and He is knocking (Revelation 3:20)!
In my notes, I give you details and background, but in the video message, I will focus on John 7:37-39. You will hear what the Lord has given me to say to you, about these facts. So please click on the link to the right of the screen on my blog, and watch and listen.
A little background —
Attendance is required at the Feast of Tabernacles. It is an autumn celebration of the harvest and a remembrance of how God provided for them in the wilderness. I see great spiritual significance, because Jesus Christ came and tabernacled among the Jews (John 1:14), and because His promise and command is that we be filled with His Spirit and thereby become tabernacles for Him (John 14:23)!
NOTE: In Verse 7, when Jesus said, “I do not go up,” to the Feast, He means He does not go up at that moment. Ever obedient, He attended all required feasts.
NOTE: In Verse 19, He told the Jewish leaders that He knows they seek to kill Him. He already knew what they planned, from before time began. It was all according to His Father’s plan for our salvation! And He told them that they did not do the Law given to them by God through Moses. They did the letter only, blind guides who strained out gnats and swallowed camels, hypocrites, and lawless (Matthew 23:24, 28)! May it not be so today, in His church!
Now, to the text for today —
Verses 27-28 — Some in the feast’s vast crowd said they didn’t know where He was from, not did they know when the Christ was from, nor when He would come. So Jesus cried out (spoke loudly) in the Temple, teaching and saying:
“You both know Me and know where I am from.” He has shown them who He is by the miracles He has worked, and He has told them who He is, many times!
[In John 5:33-39, He speaks of the witness of John the Baptist, of the works Jesus has done, of the Father, and of the Scripture!]
Do you know Him? Do you have a 24/7 conversation going on with God the Father and God the Son through God the Holy Spirit?
Then He said He had not come of Himself (on His own initiative), but He who sent Him is true (“not concealing”).The Father had not concealed His Son, but had revealed Him.
But He told them they do not know the One who sent Him. Why did He say that? Because if they knew the Father, they would recognize His Son.
Verse 29 — Those whom He was teaching did not know Him, but Jesus knew Him, because He was from Him, and He (the Father) sent Him. (See many scriptures, both in John and in Matthew, Mark and Luke!)
Verse 30 — Because of Jesus’ words in Verse 29, the Jews sought to seize (arrest) Him. We will see their plan unfold shortly.
Why did they want to seize Him? They considered Him to be blaspheming, saying He came from God, thus making Himself equal to Him (see John 5:18). It was a sin worthy of death.
But they could not seize Him because His hour had not come. It was not yet time for His capture and crucifixion.
Before time began, the Father had ordained a specific day, Passover, the feast of remembrance of their time in their Egyptian captivity when the lamb’s blood protected the Jews from death, so death passed over them. In the same way, Jesus’ blood makes death pass over us, for we are given eternal life when we believe in Him. PRAISE BREAK!
Verses 31-32 — Many in the vast crowd believed in Him, that He was the Christ, and pointed out the signs He has done.
When the Pharisees heard what they were saying, the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to seize Him. Now was their opportunity to put forth their plan! But we will see that they do not seize Him.
Verse 33-36 — He told the Jews that He was with them just a little while longer, and then He would go to Him who sent Him. They will seek Him and will not find Him. Where He was going, they could not come. No one can, unless they believe that Jesus is the Christ of God! The Jews were unable to comprehend or explain His words and murmured among themselves.
Verse 37 — This was the ritual on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles:
The celebration included a daily procession of priests from the temple to the Pool of Siloam, from which they drew water that was poured out as a libation at the altar.
[NOTE: The water could not be drawn from within the Temple, for there was no water in the Temple. This is spiritually significant, because the water God offers is from Him, and not something made by men.]
This pouring out of water on the altar was accompanied by the recital of Isaiah 12:3: “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” On the seventh day, the Great Day, called Hoshanah Rabbah, the priests would shout seven times, “Hosheanah!” (“Save now!”).
[NOTE: I believe this was the “last day, the great day” that John refers to in this passage.]
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation!” But “wells” is a poor translation. The Hebrew word used by Isaiah in that passage means spring, fountain. And the Hebrew word for “salvation” is Yeshua, (in the Greek, “Jesus”).
So in rejecting Jesus Christ, the Jews rejected the One of whom Isaiah spoke by the Holy Spirit, whose prophecy they blindly recited. Standing before them was Jesus, the Spring of Salvation, their Yeshua! But they refused to see Him (Isaiah 6:10, Matthew 13:15).
And so Jesus stood up and cried out. It was with a voice loud enough for the multitude to hear. What did He say?
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!” It is a prolonged form of that word — drink and drink and drink! I am your Spring of Salvation! Come and draw water from Me, with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1Peter 1:8)!
Oh, there are no words that can fully describe this joy! And full of His glory, when you drink fully of Him, when you are filled with His Spirit!
Verse 38 — Not only will Jesus fill you, but He says, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said (that is, Isaiah 12:3), from his innermost being will flow rivers (rushing, flood-stage rivers that overflow their banks) of LIVING water!”
The Lord also says through Isaiah —
Isaiah 44:3 “For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;
Verse 39 — This He spoke of the Spirit whom those who believed in Him were to receive, but not until Jesus was glorified and the Spirit was poured out at Pentecost. Then believers would have His living water in them, overflowing to everyone around them!
Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Has He filled you with His living water? Oh, ask your Father in heaven, and He will do it (Luke 11:13)!
I must continue in my sermon notes, because it is important for you see the utter rejection of Jesus from the leaders and some of the crowd. Jesus Christ and His followers are utterly rejected today, beloved (John 15:18 and forward).
Verses 40-44 — There was conflict among the crowd. Some in the crowd wanted to seize Jesus.
Verses 44-46 — The officers sent by the chief priests and Pharisees returned to them empty-handed.
What? Why did you not bring Him?
The officers answered, “Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.”
He does not speak like the scribes (lawyers who know the Law of Moses), but as One having authority (Matthew 7:29).
Verses 47-49 — The Pharisees accused the officers of being led astray by Jesus, and said that not one of the rulers or the Pharisees has believed in Him. Then they called the crowd “accursed.” That is, they called down curses upon the crowd.
Verses 50-51 — Nicodemus reminded them of the law regarding judgment without hearing the testimony of the accused and knowing (having proof of) what led to the accusation.
Verse 52 — They accused Nicodemus of being from Galilee, where they assumed Jesus was from, though He was born in Bethlehem, just according to the Scripture (see Micah 5:5). Galilee was a place where both Gentiles and Jews lived, and was scorned by the religious Jews. They claimed that no prophet ever arose out of Galilee. But they had forgotten about Nahum and Jonah, who were both from Galilee! They did not know the Word of God, nor the God of the Word!
Do you know the Word of God? More importantly, do you know the God of the Word?
Do you remember when you saw your need for salvation and your lack of it? Will you also see your need for the infilling of the Holy Spirit, and your lack of Him, O church?
The Lord speaks to you, through Paul’s exhortation to the Christians at Corinth!
2Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you — unless indeed you fail the test?
Jesus is here today, right now, to meet your need. But you must see your lack!