Read John 7.37-52

                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? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

                Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not arrest him?” The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!” Then the Pharisees replied, “Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law–they are accursed.”

                Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, “Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?” They replied, “Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.”

 

From Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations, Bethany College

 

Doesn’t matter whether you come from Grafton or Glen Dale,

Gassaway, or Galilee—no prophet comes from such places

 

Nevertheless, — Pull your shirt up and check it out

See, from our hearts, believers, flows living waters.

 

Living waters, the kind that swirl around boulders

the kind that rush down the Gauley and the New

 

Living waters that flow from your heart and mine

hearts that pound the pulse of love

 

that speak to our neighbors, friend or enemy,

as no one has ever spoken. Waters they can trust

no smell, no coloration, living waters

 

Flowing from the side of the living Christ

confirming Grafton, Glen Dale, Gassaway and Galilee as

places, unlikely, from which prophets speak and healing comes.

 

Pull up your shirt and check it out!

 

O Lord our God, may we look into the depths of our souls

and give up those old things that keep us away

from the  gospel of living water flowing from our hearts.

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