“The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is earthly and speaks in earthly terms. The One who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what He has seen and heard, yet no one accepts His testimony. The one who has accepted His testimony has affirmed that God is true. For God sent Him, and He speaks God’s words, since He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands. The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.”, John 3:31-36 HCSB
• I think it is interesting that John the Baptist said that “the one who **refuses to believe** in the Son will not see life”. What about someone who wants to believe but sincerely can’t get themselves to believe in the Son? What is their fate? In other words, refusing to believe seems a lot worse than not believing for other reasons. I do think that John probably had the Jews who refused to believe in Jesus in light of their knowledge of the Old Testament prophecies bout Jesus in mind when he said that (although that is just my speculation).
“When Jesus knew that the Pharisees heard He was making and baptizing more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), He left Judea and went again to Galilee. He had to travel through Samaria, so He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from His journey, sat down at the well. It was about six in the evening. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. “Give Me a drink,” Jesus said to her, for His disciples had gone into town to buy food. “How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman? ” she asked Him. For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.” “Sir,” said the woman, “You don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do You get this ‘living water’?”, John 4:1-11 HCSB
• I am pretty sure that if I was this woman, I would have asked, “What do you mean by ‘living’ water?”, but maybe not!
• Jesus understood what it’s like to be worn out physically! He was fully human so he experienced the same things we experience in our lives.