In this extract from John’s first century eye-witness biography of Jesus, this man has just cried out these words, “If someone may thirst, come to me and drink! The one believing into me, just as the scripture said, ‘Out of his interior will flow rivers of living water.’”
Some folk “from the crowd” were certain that the prophet promised through Moses around 1350 BC (as recorded in Israel’s national archives) had amazingly arrived in their lifetime. Others “from the crowd” were certain that Jesus was in fact their Messiah – again, as promised repeatedly in many books in their national archives.
In fact, others were stating, “Not from Galilee does the Christ come. Has not the scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”
Yet “others” state their certainty that this Jesus is not their Messiah. But they made their decision knowing neither that he was in fact descended from King David of Bethlehem (1000 - 970 BC) nor that he was born in Bethlehem.
So there came to be a division in the crowd through him. In fact, some from them were desiring to take him, but no one laid hands upon him. So the officials came towards the chief priests and Pharisees. And these said to them, “Through what did you not bring him?”