On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? (John 7:37-41, NRSV)
Do we really ever hear what Jesus says?
Some heard the words He spoke here and said,
This is really the prophet…
This is really the Messiah…
Surely the Messiah doesn’t come from Galilee…
We think we know someone and everything about them from maybe one detail about them.
We are set on preconceived notions and ideas and are not willing to open ourselves up to the possibilities that maybe something bigger than us is at work here.
Jesus said out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water, and these weren’t even His words, but the words of the Hebrew Scripture. Yet we are sometimes slow to believe, and when others around us question we waver.
Hold tight to Jesus and allow Him to live in and through you so that He is the center and not what we think we know.