In the midst of a great debate about his true identity, Jesus reveals himself as the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles. He is what the Feast commemorated and pointed to. He is the provider of the living water that gives and sustains life, true life, eternal life. Jesus invites everyone who is thirsty, that is, whose souls are searching for satisfaction, searching for joy, searching for relief and searching for hope to come to him and find what they are looking for. Let all who are thirsty come to him.
John wants us to see the conflict that will result in Jesus’ arrest, mistrial and murder. However, we can become too familiar with these stories. We want to recapture some of the shock these events should have. In all of this, we will continue to see John’s emphasis on how different parties respond to Jesus, such that we may respond with belief.
The crowds that ate the loaves and fish Jesus multiplied and fed to them have been searching for Jesus. And they find him in a synagogue in Capernaum. And while there, Jesus gives them an unforgettable teaching that leaves nearly everyone either confused or upset, such that nearly all of them decide to no longer follow Jesus. This week we will study what Jesus said and taught that led so many to turn away from him. We will learn that Jesus' message is indispensable if we would be saved.
After feeding the 5,000, Jesus reveals himself as the Bread of Life. He is the bread that satisfies our souls and gives eternal life. The manna the crowds seek will satisfy only for a day. Jesus offers them a better bread.
This week we study John's description of Jesus' 4th sign, the feeding of the five thousand. None of the physical miracles Jesus performed was an end in itself. They all point to something more about him and about the Kingdom of God. And this sign is no different. The feeding of five thousand shows that Jesus is the supplier of our need. Christ has always been the perfect provider of his people’s needs. Indeed, He is the true shepherd that satisfies his sheep.
Jesus had made several remarkable claims about himself and his Father. Is there any proof that Jesus is who he says he is? Today we will discover that the evidences are irrefutable that Jesus is the Son of God!
After healing the man who was lame for 38 years, Jesus shocks his listeners even further by declaring his equality with God. Through Jesus' life and actions, He is revealing God to them. He is not acting of his own accord, but in step with the Father's will. And the Father desires that the Son be glorified and honored. So He has entrusted all judgment into the Son's hands. In this text we are confronted with the colossal claims of Christ.
This morning in our text, Jesus returns to the region in which He grew up. And sadly, many there are filled with an insincere faith in Jesus. Rather than being in awe of who Jesus is, many are instead excited and enthusiastic about the miracles Jesus performs. But Jesus has come back to this region such that He might cultivate genuine faith in the hearts of the people. And He does just that as He is confronted by a father whose son has a life threatening illness. His son is at the brink of death and as a father, he is desperate. This father, seeks out the Lord and he receives from the Lord a double blessing-true faith and the healing of his son.
In chapters 2-4, Jesus encounters 4 Jewish institutions and shows that He is the fulfillment or the true reality to which they all point. This morning we examine, the 4th and final institution, a sacred well. As Jesus travels from Judea to Galilee, He purposely travels through Samaria and encounters a women drawing water at a well. There, Jesus offers her living water, a superior water that wells up to eternal life. Remarkably and while breaking many religious and cultural taboos, Jesus reveals his identity as the Messiah first to a Samaritan woman with a painful past. And in so doing, teaches us that the Kingdom of God crosses both social, religious and cultural barriers. The work of the church is to carry the message of gospel, of God's provision of living water to the nations.
God has beautifully revealed his love for sinners in the giving of His only Son who was lifted up on the cross to save those who believe. Despite our rebellion and rejection of our maker, God’s love and desire for a personal relationship with His people overcame all obstacles through the atoning work accomplished by Jesus on the cross. Our response to this news must be to believe and obey the words of Jesus. To trust that salvation is already secured through Jesus and to live in the light of righteousness. Such posture recognizes God is above all and worthy of all praise, glory, and honor. How thankful we must be that such love has been given with the promise of eternal life.