Deuteronomy 16:13: “Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:” John 7: 2: “Now the Jews feast of the tabernacles was at hand.” And each day of the ceremony they celebrated how Moses drew water from a rock so the Jews could drink while in the wilderness. This was symbolic of spiritual thirst.
When Jesus was there celebrating the Feast of the Tabernacles it was on the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus offered living water. John 7: 37-38: “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’”
This is clearly a call of salvation for us. Jesus is telling us to “Come and Drink”. He is telling us there is nowhere else but in Him to find the living water. But to some this is a very difficult thing to do. To receive the living water you have to admit your thirst. Jesus will not give the living water to those who are unsaved. Sinners who turn to Jesus are the only ones to receive the living waters, quenching their spiritual thirst.
When Jesus made this promise, the Holy Spirit was not given yet. We see in John 7: 39: (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
For us living today, reading in the Bible about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, we are truly beneficiaries of the promise of the Holy Spirit. If you believe in Jesus Christ and give yourself to Him, the Holy Spirit takes residence in your heart. Romans 8: 9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
Are you thirsty? Need a drink? The living water given by Jesus Christ is the only thing to satisfy that deep thirsting in your soul! Come and take a drink!
All Glory to God
His humble servant Lee M Buchanan