On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
John 7:37–39 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
John 7:37–39 (NLT) — 37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given,because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
Thoughts of Devotion:
Scripture tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ in the last day of the feast of Tabernacles stood to his feet and posed a question to all those present. He asked them, is there anyone who thirsts? As we read this portion of scripture we understand that the thirst that Jesus spoke of was not something that could be satisfied simply with a cup of water, it was a spiritual thirst. Jesus tells them that there is a way to satisfy spiritual thirst, that thirst that every human being contains in the depths of his person. The water that Jesus referred to was the person of the Holy Spirit. The gospel of John tells us, “he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given” (John 7:39).
Could there be any invitation more Special then this? “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” The book of Revelation tells us, “And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”(22:17). Today we are offered the same invitation to all those that desire to be satisfied. We can see that the symbolism of water is that it purifies, refreshes, quenches thirst, and strengthens the body. The Holy Spirit in the same way satisfies our souls, bringing freshness and renovation. Only the Holy Spirit can do this! He is the never-ending fountain for all those that believe, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (v.38). Today we can experience the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He offers us his fullness and abundance!
Do we thirst this morning? Of what fountain are we obtaining water? In occasions we are drinking water that does not quench and satisfy. We are subject to what Jeremiah 2:13 tells us, “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.” There is no reason why we should live a life of thirst, without being quenched and satisfied. There is no need to dig cisterns that do not have living water. There is a fountain that flows with living water! The Holy Spirit invites us today to drink of the living waters.
Joel 2:28 (NKJV) — 28 And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
Isaiah 44:3 (NKJV) — 3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;
Isaiah 32:15 (NKJV) — 15 Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.
Titus 3:5 (NKJV) — 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
John 3:34 (NKJV) — 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.
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