Day 7 • Living Water

John 7

Jesus and His Brothers

1 After this, Jesus traveled around Galilee. He wanted to stay out of Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. 2 But soon it was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters, 3 and Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! 4 You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” 5 For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.

6 Jesus replied, “Now is not the right time for me to go, but you can go anytime. 7 The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil. 8 You go on. I’m not going to this festival, because my time has not yet come.” 9 After saying these things, Jesus remained in Galilee.

Jesus Teaches Openly at the Temple

10 But after his brothers left for the festival, Jesus also went, though secretly, staying out of public view. 11 The Jewish leaders tried to find him at the festival and kept asking if anyone had seen him. 12 There was a lot of grumbling about him among the crowds. Some argued, “He’s a good man,” but others said, “He’s nothing but a fraud who deceives the people.” 13 But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.

14 Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. 15 The people were surprised when they heard him. “How does he know so much when he hasn’t been trained?” they asked.

16 So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. 17 Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. 18 Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies. 19 Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me.”

20 The crowd replied, “You’re demon possessed! Who’s trying to kill you?”

21 Jesus replied, “I did one miracle on the Sabbath, and you were amazed. 22 But you work on the Sabbath, too, when you obey Moses’ law of circumcision. (Actually, this tradition of circumcision began with the patriarchs, long before the law of Moses.) 23 For if the correct time for circumcising your son falls on the Sabbath, you go ahead and do it so as not to break the law of Moses. So why should you be angry with me for healing a man on the Sabbath? 24 Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”

Is Jesus the Messiah?

25 Some of the people who lived in Jerusalem started to ask each other, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26 But here he is, speaking in public, and they say nothing to him. Could our leaders possibly believe that he is the Messiah? 27 But how could he be? For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from.”

28 While Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he called out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I come from. But I’m not here on my own. The one who sent me is true, and you don’t know him. 29 But I know him because I come from him, and he sent me to you.” 30 Then the leaders tried to arrest him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.

31 Many among the crowds at the Temple believed in him. “After all,” they said, “would you expect the Messiah to do more miraculous signs than this man has done?”

32 When the Pharisees heard that the crowds were whispering such things, they and the leading priests sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus. 33 But Jesus told them, “I will be with you only a little longer. Then I will return to the one who sent me. 34 You will search for me but not find me. And you cannot go where I am going.”

35 The Jewish leaders were puzzled by this statement. “Where is he planning to go?” they asked. “Is he thinking of leaving the country and going to the Jews in other lands? Maybe he will even teach the Greeks! 36 What does he mean when he says, ‘You will search for me but not find me,’ and ‘You cannot go where I am going’?”

Jesus Promises Living Water

37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

Division and Unbelief

40 When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.” 41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others said, “But he can’t be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.” 43 So the crowd was divided about him. 44 Some even wanted him arrested, but no one laid a hand on him.

45 When the Temple guards returned without having arrested Jesus, the leading priests and Pharisees demanded, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”

46 “We have never heard anyone speak like this!” the guards responded.

47 “Have you been led astray, too?” the Pharisees mocked. 48 “Is there a single one of us rulers or Pharisees who believes in him? 49 This foolish crowd follows him, but they are ignorant of the law. God’s curse is on them!”

50 Then Nicodemus, the leader who had met with Jesus earlier, spoke up. 51 “Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?” he asked.

52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself—no prophet ever comes from Galilee!”

53 Then the meeting broke up, and everybody went home.

  • Jimmy Rife

    Since my baptism last summer, I have had a whole different prospective of my life. I find myself becoming more and more interested with learning about Jesus and all His Glory. Since that day, my thrist for life has been quenched by Christ. He has given me more than I had ever imagined. Now, with Jesus in my body, soul, and spirit, I will praise Him everyday for His Glory. Praise God.

  • http://? felecia courtright

    when JESUS spoke of it not being HIS time it made me think of times in my life. just because things in ones life isn’t going as they planned doesn’t mean it’s all bad it may mean it’s not the time for GOD’S plans in ones life. so instead of saying why me say THANKS BE TO GOD for He has plans for me and i need to learn from all what i see as bad in my life so i can get in line with the LORDS plans for the right time all will come to full light if i look to CHRIST not myselelf. i pray for the dam’s i have made in my life to be broke through by CHRIST’S living water and may i never let fear or selfdout keep me from my right time. in JESUS name Amen!!!

  • mike

    Thank you Jesus for being there for us every day not matter what. Praise God.

  • Ellen

    Todays reading reminds me that if I am not seeking Him continually that I may be in a place and time that was not yet meant to be and therefore may not reap all of the blessings that were placed before me because I arrived too soon or too late of my own volition. To receive His eterenal Living Water is more than I should hope for in my lifetime. All of the gifts and blessings given daily are more than I could ever want or need. I need to be reminded that doubt is an ever present and a harmful presence NOT of God but that which lurks to steal me from Him as the Pharisees were casting doubt on Jesus and His miracles.

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

    Thank you Jesus for being our living water. It is you I seek and you alone. Thank you for loving me.

  • Kelley S

    All praises to you, Lord! You truly are the LIVING WATER that brings peace to the troubled and hope to hopeless. Thank You for loving me unconditionally! I love you forever!!!

  • Tiffany McKenna

    I agree ~ everything has a time and place set by God.

  • Tiffany McKenna

    I’m confused. By what Jesus’ brothers say in verse 3, you can tell they believe in Him. But then in verse 5 it says they DON’T believe in Him. This doesn’t make sense to me.

    In verses 21-24, I love how Jesus uses logic to counter the pharisees’ complaint!

    I wonder why some of the people thought the messiah would “simply appear” and no one would know where He came from (verse 27)?

  • John M.


    It would seem that his brothers were mocking him in v. 4. i.e. “Go ahead Jesus and show yourself to the world.”

  • AJ

    How Awesome is God’s word ! Power from the Rivers of living water flowing from his heart! It’s going to be an amazing year – no eye has seen, no ear has heard what superb treasures god has in store for us. I need some power today, albeit to get some funky coding done, but I’m sure god’s sending some angel coders to help – hopefully soon! Thank ya Jesus !

  • L. R. Griffin Jenkins

    I am so glad I backtracked to this lesson. For weeks I have been wondering why my time has not come. What this teaches me is that if Jesus had to be mindful of the right time, I certainly do. God, please forgive me for being ungrateful, for being worldly, for being unfocused. Order my thoughts, heart, and steps so that I may take your path stepping in your cadence. Let my pursuit of success be my pursuit to please you. Amen.

  • Connie

    I grew up hearing my mother say, “the spirit of the Lord goes before me and makes easy and successful my way.” So comforting to know the God’s Spirit is in all believers of Jesus Christ.

  • Anita

    I totally agree with you about doubt, Ellen. I just read something really similar in James 1:6-7.