Quenching the Thirst

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.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”  John 7:37, 38.

Unlike His earthly counterparts, Jesus really delivers on what He offers.  The sale’s pitch isn’t just about supply, but satisfaction guaranteed.  That is, satisfaction is guaranteed as long as He is what we are looking for. 

John goes on to say:  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.  Verse 39.

The word “glory” doesn’t denote some surreal light or exalted position exactly but points to the attributes of one’s nature and the things a person habitually does.  We can take from this a couple of things, of course, which point us to the meaning of His glory.  In several places Jesus speaks of the work He did before His death as glorifying the Father and bringing glory to Himself by the Father’s hand.  John’s reference to Jesus being glorified points to His death, resurrection and subsequent ascension into heaven—all things that happened to Him through which His character and purpose shined.  How we glorify Jesus is by honoring Him for what He has done, who He is (meaning His character) and what He continues to do for us.

Humanity is thirsty for a savior.  Today marks the announcements of the Pulitzer prize winners, each and every one of them standouts in their field of study, art or activity.  None of them will save the world in the way Jesus does or will do at His return.  Yet at the moment they are looked on as possible saviors of the world; people who will, by their efforts, change the course of history and bring about peace.  Unfortunately, all these prizes glorifying human efforts refuse to take into account one small factor which prevents us from having that peace:  our fallen nature.  To deny our tendency toward violence is to deny reality.  In the 19th century there was a great cry for education of the masses, thinking that knowledge would solve crime, bring about prosperity for all and stop wars.  All the while these very voices either ignored or were blind to the fact that most wars were brought on by the highly educated of the day fighting over land, love or greed.  Today our populace in America an Europe is the most educated in the history of the world—even our poorest have access to knowledge in a way no other culture has.  Education hasn’t solved our problems with crime or violence.

Humanity is thirsty for the water Jesus offers.  What they drink instead makes them drunk and even more thirsty, sorta’ like hard liquor, which makes them angry and more dissatisfied.  Any acclaimed truth which doesn’t solve the riddle of the human being natural tendency for greed, selfish ambition, violence, etc, subtracts the one thing that will bring peace on earth good will among mankind.

Jesus promises here that those who believe in Him will have a well of water flowing out of them.  It doesn’t sound like an external solution, does it?  That’s because it’s not.  Jesus changes us from the inside which then changes the world around us by the influence we have over it.

I’m thirsty for a Life, a Way, and Truth.  I want to be able to live a full life with no regrets with a clear path to travel and know that what I believe is pure truth.  Christ offers this as no other does.


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One Response to “Quenching the Thirst”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    …and the more I study and walk this thing out, the more desperate I become to see people’s lives transformed. The more I seek, the more I find and the more I want to share with others. It’s too good to keep it to oneself. You want to shout it out. The best way to do that is to take a drink and live it.

    I know a man whom I consider a mentor. He said he went to church for the first time as a 20 something young man. He told the Lord, “I’ll give this thing a year. I’ll put my whole heart into it, I’ll read and I’ll give it a fair shot. If it pans out we’re good, if not, I’m outta here.” God took him up on his offer.

    25 years later he is one of the best teachers of the bible you’ll ever meet. His life matches up in every direction.

    Take the challenge! It’s worth it.

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