Bible Reading – John 7

“My time has not yet come” and its intentional parallels serve as one of the major themes in John’s Gospel (2:4; 7:6, 8, 30; 8:20; 12:23; 13:1; 17:1). The “time” or “hour” refers to the Son of Man’s crucifixion, resurrection, and glorification, that is, the completion of the work that the Father assigned to Jesus (17:4; 19:30; 20:17, 21-23).

Similar to today, the Jewish community in the first-century had differing opinions about Jesus (7:12, 20, 26-27, 31, 40-52). During his ministry, even his own brothers did not believe in him (7:5), however, following his resurrection they believed (Acts 1:14). Still many people believed in him because of his miraculous signs (7:31), while others refused to believe (7:47-49, 52). Despite the grumbling and differing opinions, Jesus confidently declares that the one who believes in him will receive spiritual renewal through the Spirit (7:37-39; cf. 3:3-5; 4:14).

Practical Points

(1) A life fully devoted to God brings hatred from the world (7:7).

(2) People of integrity desire to honor the Father, not themselves (7:17-18).

(3) Believing in Jesus results in receiving the Spirit – the source of spiritual life (7:37-39).