John 7, Psalm 7
John declares and illustrates Jesus’ credibility as God, messiah, and the Bread of Life in spite of questions and concerns about Him being a regular Jewish man from Nazareth. Jesus’ opponents make a novel argument in John 7 for why Jesus cannot be Messiah. Since they actually know where Jesus is from, He cannot be the Messiah. For the Messiah must come from some unknown place (John 7:25-27). You might have a hard time wrapping your mind around what that means. Was the Messiah supposed to appear out of thin air? This shows when someone is committed, in spite of evidence, to remain entrenched in prior held convictions, they will invent a rationale for their beliefs. No matter, Jesus knows that though a day in court will come that will lead to humanity’s greatest crime, for now those that misrepresent Him and wish to kill Jesus (John 7:1) can do nothing to the One who will pour living water in people’s hearts by giving the Holy Spirit. That same Spirit might seem like it comes from nowhere, ironically comes (is sent) from the man born in Nazareth who is the light of the world (John 7:38). This will all happen because this Messiah will go to a place where His opponents cannot find Him (John 7:36). Thankfully those that believe on the name of the Messiah from Nazareth, can have both the living water provided by Jesus and go to place where our Lord may be found. We can know where Jesus came from, and go where He is going through faith.