Those who heard Jesus in the Temple had different opinions of Him. Some people said, “When the Christ comes, he won’t do more signs than those which this man has done, will he?” (John 7:31). This alarmed the chief priests and Pharisees.
v. 32 – The chief priests were mostly Sadducees who were members of the Sanhedrin, the supreme tribunal (court) of the Jews. Unlike the Pharisees, the Sadducees only accepted the written law and did not believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead (Read Acts23:6-8). But the chief priests and Pharisees had a mutual hatred of Jesus. They sent officers, probably Temple guards, to arrest Jesus but they failed.
vv. 33-34 – Jesus said, “I will be with you a little longer, then I go to Him who sent me. You will seek me, and won’t find me; and where I am, you can’t come.” In the Old Testament book of Hosea, he warned the Israelites of the same thing (Read Hosea 5:6). Jesus said… “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins. Where I go, you can’t come. The Jews, therefore, said, “Will he kill himself, that he says, ‘Where I’m going, you can’t come?’” Jesus said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world. I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe (are persuaded of, and are confident) that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8: 21-24). Jesus was talking about two different worlds. Jesus would return to His Heavenly Father in Heaven. Only those who believe in Him are promised a home in heaven.
vv. 35-36 – The Jews, therefore, said among themselves,“Where will this man go that we won’t find him? Will he go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? What is this word that he said, ’You will seek me, and won’t find me; and where I am, you can’t come? Once again, these words reveal the Jews misunderstood Jesus’ message. The Dispersion refers to Jews who lived outside Palestine.
vv. 37-39 – Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water.”
“WHOSO LIVES WITH CHRIST AND IN CHRIST HAS IN HIS HEART A SPRING OF WATER… INEXHAUSTIBLE; A PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING; A JOY DEEPER AND MORE REAL THAN ANY OTHER JOY; A LIFE FAR MORE ABUNDANT THAN ANYONE ELSE CAN KNOW; A POWER THAT CAN MEET EVERY CALL UPON IT – A (NEVER STOPPING) FOUNTAIN, CLEAR AND CLEAN, COOLING AND REFRESHING” (The Interpreter’s Bible).
-All Scripture passages are based on the World English Bible (WEB)-
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