May 11, 2008am   From One to Another    John 7:37-44
Mother’s Day

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

Life came from one to another.   From God and from Christ and from the Holy Spirit came creation came people came Jesus came the Spirit to live with us came our family, our community, came our mothers came the church, came us.  Today we honor our mothers who God has given the gift of life to give to you and me. 
 
John 7-37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, asb the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
41 Others said, “He is the Christ.” Still others asked, “How can the Christ come from Galilee? 42 Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David’s familyc and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

What has been given from one to another?  From whom did it come?  Who has given it to you?  From God to Adam to Eve to mother and to you and to yours.  Will you recognize from whom you came and will you be willing to pass on that Life giving Spirit?  From your town or county from the community (Galilee, Bethlehem, David’s family)
Giving out Jesus instead of holding Him back.  Don’t seize Him but let Him go from out of you. 

  1. Living water:  John7:37. The “last day” of the Feast of Tabernacles (7:2) probably refers to the eighth day. For at least the first seven days of the feast, priests marched in procession from the Pool of Siloam to the temple and poured out water at the base of the altar. Pilgrims to the feast watched this ritual, which Jews throughout the Roman world thus knew; it was even commemorated on souvenir jars they could take home with them. The living water gives life.  Nothing was more important in Jerusalem than water.  In a dry and arid land water is the source of life.  They would pray for water to come down and they symbolized this with their ritual ceremonies called the feast of tabernacles.  They remembered when they lived in tents for 40 years as they tracked through the wilderness.  The living water was bubbling and not stagnant or dead as the dead sea.  It was drinkable and gave life to all who drank. 

 

  1. Life:  Life which came first from God then to Adam then to Eve and then to all of humanity.  God created people in his image and then gave to them the power to give life to others.  So from Adam came Eve and from Eve came all others.  God gives life to us.  Today we recognize that our life came from mother and from our God who is our creator.  We honor her and thus we honor Him. 
  2. Holy Spirit:  God is with us.  Today is the day of Pentecost.  This is the day the Holy Spirit came to us to live within.  He is symbolized by the life giving water that was poured out on that day at the feast.    “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, asb the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”  We live in a dry and thirsty land.  People are dying from thirst as they try to quench their thirst with everything the world has to offer.  They can have Jesus, but they want the world. 
  1. Salvation:  From God came Jesus and then came the Spirit who gives us our salvation.  Salvation is a relationship with the one true living God.  We have been given the opportunity to live forever with the Lord.  We have salvation.  We have Jesus and we have been given the Holy Spirit.  Our salvation comes from one to another. 

 

  1. Faith:  II Tim. 1:5  I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother  Eunice  and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.  Timothy’s faith was given from one to another.  From His grandmother Lois and from his mother Eunice to him and to those who Timothy preached.  Will we pass it on?  We pass on our physical characterisitics, but will we pass on the spiritual? 
  1. Testimony:  Will we pass on our testimony?  Yes, then what kind of testimony will it be?  Will it be that you loved the Lord? 

 

  1. Example:  We will pass it on to our example of our love for the Lord?  What will our example be? 
  1. Family and Children:  Pass on the love that was given to you. 

 

  1. From within  Living water:  From the Holy Spirit came life to you, will you receive this gift of life?  You were brought into the world by the Lord working through your mother.  But you can bring others into life by sharing your love of the Lord and sharing your Holy Spirit, and your salvation.  Will you give your faith to the others in your life?

 

b 37,38 Or | If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me. | And let him drink, who believes in me. | As

c Greek seed

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Jn 7:37-44.

Craig S. Keener and InterVarsity Press, The IVP Bible Background Commentary : New Testament (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1993). Jn 7:37.

b 37,38 Or | If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me. | And let him drink, who believes in me. | As