Christ Reveals the “Living Water”

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. — John 7:37-39.

At the climax of the feast (vv. 37, 38), Jesus dramatically repeats the message He had given to the Samaritan woman (4:10–14) making clear that coming to Him meant believing in Him. He is claiming to be the fulfillment of all the symbolism and hope found in the Feast of Tabernacles.

This is an important truth. When we are without God, our soul gets thirsty. We were made to be with God. We often do not recognize that this is what we are thirsting for. We think it is for a better job, or a better spouse, or better parents, or something else that could be better in our life. Life without God is a void which our souls unconsciously attempt to fill with worldly clutter. Nothing satisfies. Our needs are spiritual since we are spiritual beings. Deep within, our souls thirst for God. When we recognize this reality, we would hasten to Him alone to be filled.

Just as our body was made for water so our soul was made for God. We spend so much time trying to satisfy our thirst in the wrong ways.

The LORD says, “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water” ~ Jeremiah 2:13.

Jesus alone can satisfy our soul constantly. The closer we are to Him, the greater our satisfaction.

The water will flow from our own heart when we believe in Jesus. Jesus is a perpetual fountain for our soul. What or where is the source of the living water? The source is our heart. God wants our heart. We cannot come to Christ for salvation until our heart has been radically transformed. The transformation of the heart is what true belief is. If the heart has not been changed, then we do not believe and do not have life. The changed heart would drive our lives toward righteous living.

Coming to Jesus and drinking is to see Jesus as the satisfaction of our thirst. Coming to Jesus is opening our heart to his teaching, letting his words change our mind, our heart, our values, our attitude, our personality, our thinking, and our way of life. Coming to Jesus is to make our will to do the will of God. Coming to Jesus is to seek God’s glory, not our own. Jesus is offering to perpetually and continually quench our thirst. Jesus is the answer for our life. Let us open our heart to Him and allow Him to be our everything.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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