It was the last and greatest day of the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles and Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice “Let everyone who is thirsty come to me and drink” (John 7:37 NIV).
This was a contrast to the Jewish teachers who were always seated when teaching and spoke with soft voices. However, this was an important message and all needed to hear it. He was inviting all who was thirsty to come to Him and get a drink and He made sure that no one missed the invitation so He stood up and shouted.
In the middle of these summer months when the temperatures often rise to an average of ninety degrees but can also exceed one hundred degrees, we understand what it means to be real thirsty. For those workers who must stay on the outside for an extended period, they are exposed to the heat and humidity and get thirsty real fast and must drink liquids often to stay hydrated.
In a similar manner, there are people who have an inner longing and a thirst that must be quenched and satisfied. Jesus invites you to come – not just to talk or to discuss, or come to be ridiculed or criticized – but to drink. He invites you to come and believe, trust and have faith in Him and as you do that, you will be filled and satisfied and there will be such an overflow that rivers of water will start to flow from you, not just a trickle or a stream but His Spirit will create a mighty flow and as it flows, it cleanses and purifies. This water will also empower you and create energy in the believer.
The invitation is not only for the people at the Festival but for all reading this. He extends His invitation to you as well.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1 NIV)
“The Spirit and the bride say come! And let the one who hears say, Come! Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17 NIV)
Get thirsty my friends, accept this invitation and come and drink.