If Anyone Thirsts – 2 (John 7:37-38)
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. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Jesus wanted to get the attention of the assembled people that day in the temple, and He wants to do the same with us today! He felt so strongly about the futility of empty religious practices that He could hardly contain Himself. He stood up and cried out with a passion, appealing to the people to turn away from the imitation and come to Him for the real thing. He is standing up before you and me today as He appeals to us to take a deep drink.
FOCUS ON JESUS. Jesus said “Let him come to Me and drink”. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is through Jesus that we receive all the infinity of the Father’s love and the waters of Life. Today the Lord says to you “just come to Me”. We often turn to people around us for help when we have direct access to the throne room through the precious blood of Jesus. We may cultivate people who we believe are anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit, when God has filled us and calls us His holy temple (1 Corinthians 6:19) and wants intimate relationship with us. It There is nothing wrong with receiving the help of Godly people, so long as we remember that our help really comes from the Lord. Our strength comes from His hand. Our breakthrough comes from the power of His presence and from yielding to His Spirit. Dear friend, Jesus is calling you to place your focus back on Him. His grace and love are more than sufficient for you. He has an abundance of heavenly blessing awaiting you. His provision, healing, and peace are flowing towards you from the fullness of the River even now, hallelujah! You can lift up your heart and hands to Him right now and say “I come to You Lord Jesus and I long to drink of the fullness of Your Spirit. Take me deeper, take me closer and let the Rivers of living water flow through me.” He has so much more in store for you!
THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES was a celebration of the harvest, and a memorial of God’s presence and provision during Israel’s forty years in the wilderness. It lasted a week, and the last day was the most festive and joyful. (Leviticus 23 & Numbers 29). There were many rituals observed each day of the feast and one of these was the commemoration of God’s provision of water out of the rock of Meribah (Exodus 17:1-7). Jesus said “Come to Me and drink” because He was reminding the people that He alone is the Rock of our salvation and our source of eternal life. The people were focusing on the physical water God gave them in the past when the Source of heavenly water was right there before them and they could drink as much as they wanted if they only acknowledged who He was. Perhaps you have known the sweetness of the Holy Spirit in the past, and you know what it is to fellowship with Him. Maybe you have many testimonies of how God manifested His presence in and through you some years ago. He wants the same for you today! He has more wonderful testimonies for you, through divine encounters and heavenly revelations. He is calling you to come to Him and begin to partake of the living waters once more. With the Rivers of life in you, you will be unstoppable! There is so much more than you ever thought you could know. God has an unending supply and it is all available to you!
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE for you to learn to drink from the eternal Spring! God often saves the best for the last. When Jesus turned water into wine (John 2) in Cana, the master of the banquet commented that the best wine had been kept for the last. Similarly, on the last day of the feast, Jesus rose up and expressed His heart. We see from the beginning of Chapter 7 that He was constantly challenged by antagonism, and pressed to prove Himself, while people around Him (the Savior) were just going through the motions and heading for hell. He was the Way and the Waymaker, and they were unable to see. Finally, when the feast was nearly over, He stood up and cried out, urging people to come to Him for the eternal drink. Friend, it is never too late for you to begin to drink of the sweet waters of the Holy Spirit. Jesus has made it possible for you and me to live in the reality of His River and to drink of the living waters every day. He is making all things new! If you have never known the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, step into the River today. There is always more that we could know so just lift your heart and hands to Him and invite Him to come and fill you up. There is a River that flows from the throne of God and these waters are filled with healing, freedom and Life (Revelations 22:1). Your breakthrough is here and not a moment too late!
I want to pray my favorite prayer over you today “Precious Holy Spirit, please come”! “Come and fill this dear brother and sister reading this message, and let them receive the heavenly living water into the very deepest places of their being. Let their lives be so touched by your holy fire that they will never be the same again, in Jesus’ name, amen!”
Minoli Haththotuwa, 25 August 2014
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