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statue of Jesus October 22 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: Luke 17:20-18:14; John 7:1-52

Who is Jesus?

That is the question that divides many people. Some think Jesus is a mythical figure, a dead religious icon, the greatest man or the greatest teacher who ever lived, a prophet, a miracle worker, a great deceiver, a man who became a god, or God who became a man. What do you think? Today's Bible study will give us the truth about who Jesus is.

The Pharisees (religious leaders) were not sure who Jesus was, but they were jealous of his popularity. They always questioned him, trying to get him to stumble or slip up so they might have something of which to accuse him. Jesus had been talking about the kingdom of God, so they asked him when the kingdom of God would come. He told them the kingdom of God is within you, i.e., it is within your reach. In fact, the coming king was standing right before them if they would receive him. They did not understand him. Do you recognize that Jesus is the coming king?

Jesus’ disciples believed in him. Peter had recently answered Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16, NIV). Privately, Jesus gave a more in depth explanation to his disciples about himself and his coming kingdom. He told them that first he must suffer and be rejected. However, the coming kingdom was a long way off so he did not want them to be deceived by false reports, saying, “here is Christ,” or “there is Christ.” The real Christ will come again suddenly and unexpectedly like a flash of lightning. Until his coming they (and we) would need to remember to be persistent in prayer. Jesus told them that the true subjects of the kingdom were those who humble themselves before God (unlike the religious leaders of that day).

Jesus’ brothers did not believe in him, but (well meaning as they might have been) they thought that if Jesus wanted to be a public figure, he should go to the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, perform some miracles and show himself to the world. They did not realize who Jesus was even though they had lived with him. In fact, they did not believe in him until after his resurrection from the dead. In all fairness, would we believe our own brother was the Messiah, the coming Savior? To believe Jesus is who he said he is requires a transformation of the heart (more...)

Jesus delayed going to the Feast because the religious leaders were plotting to kill him. They thought that The Feast of Tabernacles would be an opportune time for Christ to make himself known, and they wanted to be ready for him. Jesus secretly came later, however, and began to teach in the temple. The people and religious leaders were divided in their opinions about Jesus. Some believed him to be a good man. Others believed Jesus to be a deceiver. When he came and taught them, however, they were all impressed with his understanding of the Scriptures and how he taught with authority. Jesus challenged them to study the Scriptures to see if he spoke his words from God or from his own mind. Truth is not afraid of investigation. The Scriptures reveal Christ to be the Messiah and Savior.

“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink,’” (John 7:37, NIV). What did Jesus mean by this? We have already read that Jesus' offer to come and drink was an offer of salvation (John 4:14; 6:53-63). On this special day he was doing the same thing in the company of the Jews and religious leaders in the temple courts, (more…).

Jesus then continued,

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given since Jesus had not yet been glorified, (John 7:38-39, NIV).

What was the reaction of the crowd of people? Some believed he was a prophet, while others were still divided in their opinions. What about us? Have we come to Jesus to have our thirst quenched or are we still wondering who Jesus is? We need to trust in him for our salvation (more...). If we have trusted Jesus for our salvation, the Holy Spirit has been given to us. He is like a stream of living water for our souls as we obey and worship him. Let us be ever living in the Spirit so our souls will keep on being replenished.

If you or someone you know has doubts about Jesus, The Case for Christ, A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Stobel is recommended reading, ISBN - l0: 0-310-20930-7 or ISBN - 13: 978-0-310-20930-0

Lessons to live by:

  • To believe Jesus is who he said he is requires a transformation of the heart.
  • Truth is not afraid of investigation. The Scriptures reveal Christ to be the Messiah and Savior.
  • Jesus will come back like a flash of lightening, and we should be ready.
  • Christ’s offer to “come to me and drink” was an offer of salvation for everyone (more...)
  • The Holy Spirit is like a stream of living water for our souls as we believe in Christ and obey and worship God.

Today’s Bible Memory Verses:

John 7:37-8

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (NIV)

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