“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.” (Gospel of John 7:37-44)
“So there was a division among the people over him,” and there is still. There are all kinds groups and people that use Christ’s name in their identification and even so…there is historical and present division over Christ. I believe that the major division is not ‘over him’ but over all kinds of goofy rules, ideas, religious stuff, churches and ministries, rituals and liturgies, bangles, bobbles and beads… etc. Jesus is Jesus and religion is religion. One of these I like very much and the other I do like much at all. The fight to be right will surely be wrong.
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Jesus