Come and drink
37 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. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38 ESV
In John 7 we see people pondering who is this Jesus of Nazareth—not even His own brothers believed He was the Messiah. There were those who murmured about Him; some said he was a good man, some said he is leading the people astray, yet no one spoke openly about Him. Then, at the Feast of Booths, Jesus spoke in the Temple, and the Jews marveled, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied.”
He spoke with such authority, the people wondered could this be the Christ? The Messiah stood there in front of them, but they did not see who He really was because they were blinded by their religion. He could’ve walked away right then, He could’ve said “I’m done with these people,” but He saw a people, a nation, and a world who were lost and needed a Savior.
Then Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come and drink.” In Greek, that word “thirsts” translates to dipsaō, which means to suffer thirst or suffer from thirst. Those who are said to thirst painfully feel their want of and eagerly long for those things by which the soul is refreshed
I remember the first time I heard the gospel from a friend. When he spoke about Jesus, it was like life flowed from him. I wanted more. The more I thought about what he said, the thirstier I became, so painfully thirsty, and I eagerly longed for Him. Then I believed in Him, and out of my Heart flowed rivers of living water, and I could not wait to share this water with others. Perhaps you are feeling parched like you’ve been in a desert for so long.
What I’ve learned from this chapter is that at any given time, we can come and drink—Jesus said “ask and you shall receive”
In this season of fasting, ask the Holy Spirit to give you that thirst for Him like you received when you first believed. To eagerly and painfully want more of Him, and when that happens, I assure you that out of your heart will flow rivers of living water that you will not contain.
Father thank you for bringing life to a dry and desolate land. I am thirsty, and I am dry. I can’t remember the last time I drank from your living waters. Help me to become thirsty for you, thirsty for your word, thirsty to share this water that you have given me with others. I want to drink from you so that out of my heart will flow rivers of living water once again and let me not keep this water to myself. Thank you, Lord, for this living water that I’m about to receive during this Fast. In Jesus name, amen.