Today, may the peace of God enfold me, the love of God uphold me, and the wisdom of God control me.
Read John 7:25-44
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There is an intimate connection between the Spirit and the cross. We are empowered by the Spirit to live cross-shaped lives.
The turbulent visit to the temple continued. Jesus provoked chaos. There were divisions in the crowd, some believing and some skeptical. There were arguments about the meaning of Scripture and the fulfillment of prophecy. There was comical misunderstanding (35), an unholy alliance between the Pharisees and the chief priests (Sadducees), and a bungled attempt at an arrest. The chaos continued for at least two days (28,37).
Throughout the confusion, Jesus continued to teach, his authority shining through. He was the still point in this human storm. On both days he “cried out,” a term more about a solemn pronouncement than the volume he was using. On the first occasion (28,29) he announces that the Father has sent him to them; on the second (37-39), that they will receive the Holy Spirit through him.
It is not clear whether the “last and greatest” day (37) was the seventh or the eighth day of the feast. The Feast of Tabernacles lasted for seven days, followed by a Sabbath day, with a solemn assembly. For each of the seven days, water was drawn from the pool of Siloam, processed to the Temple and poured out on the altar, as a sign of God’s salvation. On the seventh day the procession circled the altar seven times. Either at this moment of climax, or on that Sabbath when, by contrast, no water was poured, Jesus claims to be the reality to which the ritual had pointed. He is the source of living water. That living water was the permanent presence of the Holy Spirit of God. But this fulfillment of Scripture (possibly Zech. 14:8) was still to come. It could only take place after Jesus has been “glorified” (39), which meant his death, resurrection and ascension. The water was poured on the altar, but the Spirit would come through the cross.
What evidence can you offer of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life? How is his presence like flowing water (38,39)?
Lord, may I never confuse the ceremonies and habits of my faith with the One to whom they point. Lead me to You, the living God.
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