“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Sermon Study Questions: John 7
- Why did Jesus’ brothers want Jesus to go to Judea? How does Jesus’ statement in v.6, “for you any time will do” and v.7, “the world cannot hate you” shed light on the brothers’ attitudes?
- The people are fearful of their leaders. How is a past experience with an authority figure affecting you today in your relationship with Jesus?
- When Jesus speaks the truth, the leaders want to kill him. Have you had trouble for living for Jesus?
- Every day during the Feast of Tabernacles, the priests pour out water as an offering, reminding them of the water God provided in the wilderness. Jesus proclaims he is the source of living water. Read 1 Corinthians 10:4. Discuss how history, Jewish festivals and scripture point to Jesus.
- How do you experience ‘rivers of living water’ in your life? What can we do to grow in faith, experience and belief, and away from just knowing about Jesus?
- How do you try to satisfy your spiritual thirst and emptiness? How much of your hunger is Jesus satisfying, or do you find yourself turning elsewhere?