Let anyone who is thirsty, come to me and drink (Eyewitness John 7:37).
Eyewitness: p. 131
In Your Bible: John 4:10 and 7:38,39
Twice in the Gospel of John, Jesus announced he gives living water… first at Jacob’s well in Samaria and again at the Temple on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
Jesus Gives Living Water
Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman gently face-to-face. If you understood God’s generosity and who is asking for a drink, you would ask me for a drink. I would give you, living water (Eyewitness John 4:10). Jesus continued with her, Everyone….who drinks this water [well water] will thirst again. But those who drink the water I give them will never become thirsty. My water is a fresh artesian spring bubbling with everlasting life (John 4:13,14).
Come To Me and Drink
Later in Jesus’ ministry, on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles Jesus had similar words to say at the Temple. His excitement and sense of urgency was so great that he stood up (usually Jesus taught sitting down) and spoke about living water. He shouted, Let anyone who is thirsty, come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will flow from the innermost being of those who believe in me…. (Eyewitness John 7:37,38).
Living water here, referred to the Holy Spirit whom believers were yet to receive because Jesus had not yet ascended into glory. Jesus message at the Feast of Tabernacles should have meant more for the Jews in celebration of joy for God’s work with Israel. Sadly they didn’t understand Jesus was speaking of himself.
Application: Jesus tells this message in two ways, calmly and then vehemently. He knew the most effective way to speak at different times and different situations. The Samaritan knew God but little of Jesus. The Jews tried to please God through the Law.
Prayer: Father, thank you for living water… Jesus-Messiah… who will dwell in us and give us life.
Question: What puzzles you about Jesus claiming to give you living water? Why do you think the Jews missed Jesus’ shouting the message at the Festival of Tabernacles?