After Jesus had deeply offended the Pharisees by cleansing the temple, Nicodemus came to him, asking a genuine question: "Rabbi, we know that you are from God..." Although Jesus appears to change the subject, he is actually answering the assumption underlying Nicodemus' concern: the faulty Jewish view that he would be a military Messiah. King Jesus would bring liberation and change to His people by individual regeneration from the power of sin, not by political liberation from Roman rule. Jesus is answering the central question of all true seekers: how is Christ's kingship manifested?
The entire life and ministry of Jesus communicates that living water ministered by the Holy Spirit alone can bring satisfaction to human beings. By offering the woman at the well living water, Jesus creates a new desire that only He can fulfill. He reveals a need in the human heart that can be met only in Himself.
If Christ is enthroned by man, He can be de-throned by man. In refusing man's coronation, He affirms His kingship emphatically. Jesus has total and complete control of all of nature. The King of the universe is treading under His feet all fear, all confusion, all doubt, and all our enemies. When we accept Christ into all of our circumstances we can totally trust Him to take us to the right destination.
Jesus' teaching is from God, not His own authority. If anyone wants to do God's will in his heart, he will begin to understand who Jesus is and what God's requirements are. Every believer should be filled with the Spirit, becoming a conduit of His grace to nourish the world. God's re-creation started with the resurrection and continues to flow out and transform the world.
Strong and faithful individuals build faithful families, churches and societies. Churches and families must reclaim responsibility for the care of others and the education of children if they are to play a relevant role in the world.
The cross is a stumbling block to Jews and folly to the Greeks, but Scripture highlights the power and the glory of the cross and shows us who Jesus really is. Christ's death was a real death, evidenced by real sorrow, not the fatalistic death of a Greek hero.
Several Greeks witnessed Jesus' triumphal entry and desired to see Him. This event leading up to the Lord's crucifixion parallels the Eastern magi coming to the manger at His birth, fulfilling Jesus' words that many will come to Him from the East and the West.