On the last day of a special Jewish feast, our Lord Jesus Christ stood up and said, “If anyone is thirsty, he should come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will go out from whoever believes in Me.” He was talking about the Holy Spirit whom He was going to send to help His followers after He went back to Heaven.
Some people who heard Jesus speak said, “He is really a prophet.” Some said, “He is the Christ!” Others said, “Will the Christ come from Galilee? Won’t the Christ be a descendant of King David and come from Bethlehem, where David was?” So the people did not agree with each other. Some even wanted to arrest Jesus, but no one did.
The officers went back to the chief priest and Pharisees. They said to the officers, “Why didn’t you bring Jesus?”
The officers said, “We never heard anyone talk like He does!”
The Pharisees answered, “Has He led you astray, too? We who know the laws don’t believe in Him. This crowd doesn’t know the laws, so they believe in Him.”
Nicodemus, one of them who had gone to Jesus before, asked, “Does our law judge a man without even learning what he does?”
The other Pharisees told Nicodemus to search through the prophecies because the prophecies did not say that a prophet would come from Galilee.
Then Jesus Himself spoke to them. He said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Here are some questions about the Gospel story:
1. What was the first thing Jesus said? It begins, “If any one . . . “
2. He was talking about sending Someone to help His followers. Who was He talking about?
3. Some people thought Jesus was the new king. They were waiting for a new king who would be like King David.
4. What did Jesus say at the end? It begins, “I am the . . .”
5. Jesus’ lessons are like light on a path. Where does the path go?
6. We hear Jesus’ lessons when the Gospel is read. We stand and listen carefully.