While reading in The Book of John this week, I paused at this verse.
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds,
‘If you are thirsty, come to me!’
Can you imagine it? It’s the final day of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. It’s during this time of year, in October, six months before Jesus’s death on the cross. He urgently called to all who would listen on this final festival day. Jesus didn’t have much time remaining with these people he loved, so imagine the sense of urgency in His voice.
He is shouting.
Not an angry shout, but a loud, clear, calling.
An open invitation.
His free solution to deep thirst.
Can you hear Him pleading?
People were carrying on with normal life, oblivious to events ahead…just as most people are today. Oblivious. We don’t know the day or the hour, but we know that each day, we are one day closer to the end. Final judgment for non-believers.
Do you hear Him still pleading in these last days before His return?
Many are thirsty and don’t even know it. Muddy waters are consumed everywhere…substances, medications…addictions…everything but Jesus who offers His cool, clear, refreshing water…thirst-quenching water.
While shouting to the crowds in His days on earth, Jesus calls to us in a different way today. Can you hear His soft and tender calling in your soul? He’s pleading. He loves you. He wants to relieve your thirst. He has the perfect living water, and it will satisfy your soul. Completely.
It’s a beautiful and spectacular Sunday, y’all. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!