Got Thirst?

Christ is the Living Water

On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”   – John 7:37

We all know how it feels to be thirsty – dry throat, parched tongue, a yearning for water.  In extreme cases, dehydration occurs – shriveled skin, dizziness, confusion, rapid heartbeat, fever, and death.

This message of Jesus was understandable and comforting to ordinary people – people who had experienced thirst before.  His words spoke clearly to them, and His message was eagerly received.  Although the people construed His words to mean physical thirst, Jesus was speaking of a spiritual thirst – a thirst of the soul.

The thirsty are timid and fainthearted people who feel the dehydration of their spirit, soul, and body.  When thirsty people turn away from Jesus’ offer, their tongues become dry; they grow confused.  Fever sets in and death is imminent.

When thirsty people heed Jesus’ offer of everlasting water, they study God’s warnings.  They fear the Lord and take note of His law.   They read and hear the Word.  Jesus says ‘come to me and drink,’ and the thirsty who listen and receive that water will find relief and strength.  They will not die, but live forever refreshed.

– Linda Wilkins

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