TOPIC: JESUS' GREAT CLAIM DIVIDED OPINIONS
TEXT: JOHN 7 : 37 - 53
There's a strong relationship between one's opinion about a person or thing and his attitude or disposition towards same. Today, some see Jesus as just one of the prophets in history, some see Him as simply a nice Jewish man while others see Him as an impostor. But many see Him as Christ the Messiah.
Today's reading gives a picture of Jesus' great claim on the last and greatest day of the Feast of Tabernacle as the 'Giver of living water' (vs. 37-39). He invited anyone who is thirsty to come unto Him and drink life-giving water. Again, this claim divided opinions about Him.
Listening to Him speak and teach with power and wisdom, those sent to arrest Him came back to those that sent them and declared "No one ever spoke the way this man does" (vs. 45-47). Here, Nicodemus, a secret disciple, asked the leaders this rhetorical question: "Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him....? (vs. 51-53).
It was a time to stand up for Jesus and Nicodemus did that here because of his informed opinion about the person of Jesus and His claim.