Day 24: John 7:37-39

On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink.”

What a scene – I picture Jesus standing with arms stretched wide in invitation. He is shouting! His message is urgent and he will not go quietly until his people have a chance to hear the truth, no matter how much his enemies want to silence him.

But only someone who knows they’re thirsty can be persuaded to drink. How often do we go through our days, dehydrated but not yet knowing our own thirst or the need behind it? Sometimes it isn’t until a glass of cool refreshing water is set in front of us that we realize how thirsty we really are.

There stands Jesus…a cool glass of water in the midst of a people parched and desperate. If they listen…if they taste and see…if they come and take a sip…they will know and will find water enough to quench their own thirst and overflow to others as well.

Jesus timed this public invitation to coincide with the water ceremony of the Feast of Tabernacles. A priest had led a procession of worshippers and musicians to the Pool of Siloam to draw water, then returned to the Temple via the Water Gate to pour it out into a silver bowl. This was a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for providing water for crops and all of life, as well as a prayer for future provision. It was a moving, emotional and joyful ceremony that occurred on this last day of the Feast.

The last, greatest day of the feast was highlighted by the last, greatest messenger of God given to man – God himself in human form, Jesus. There is no other.

“Come…believe…drink.”

Questions: Are you thirsty?

Have you learned the joy and delight of cool, fresh water?

Prayer: Oh God, you alone can satisfy the thirst of our parched souls. Teach us to come to you to drink and be restored, and to not go to any other source that offers what it cannot give.

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