Written by: Scotty Smith
John 7:37 – On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.
Lord Jesus, how fitting that you'd stand up on the last day of Israel’s harvest celebration, turn up the volume, and invite the thirsty to come to you. For all of Israel’s feasts, the whole of God’s Story, and every promise God has made find their fulfillment in you.
Why are we thirsty? Because we're born that way--longing for the Living Water you alone can give. Hallelujah, for our Jesus-shaped thirst. But some of us also carry weariness-generated thirst. We're tired from the burdens of life, disappointments of the summer, or the price of loving well. Others feel conviction-generated thirst. Fortunately, our broken cisterns have failed us, yet again.
Some of us thirst because we realize doing things for you isn't the same as spending time with you, and we crave renewed communion and fellowship with you. Thank you, Jesus, for your tenacious and tender pursuit.
38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
No matter the cause of our thirst, you promise copious amounts of gospel-water--the heart-satisfying fountain of grace, the artesian springs of the Spirit. We're fools, indeed, to ignore your invitation.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.”
Jesus, you aren’t merely a great Prophet; you are the Messiah--God incarnate, our sin-bearing Savior and our righteousness-fulfilling substitute, Creator of all things and Redeemer of all things broken, the Lamb of God and the Lord of Life. Jesus, we come--thirsty, expectant, and grateful. Fill us to overflowing, for our blessing, and the benefit of our neighbors. So very Amen we pray, in your merciful and mighty name.