1 Samuel 13:23-14; John 7:30-53; Psalm 109:1-31; Proverbs 15:5-7
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” John 7:37
Most of the time we know when we are thirsty and we grab a glass of water. Other times, the sensation of thirst becomes confused with hunger. Instead of quenching our thirst we feed our stomachs. Kids especially get their signals mixed up and it’s a wise parent/caregiver that says, “here–let’s have a glass of water” instead of doling out a snack.
Jesus knew the people around him at the temple that day were thirsty. They were parched from the dry impossible teachings of the Pharisees. They were dried out from the political turmoil in their land. Their spirits were faint from lack of the Life giving Word of God.
“Come to me and drink, ” Jesus cried.
Jesus longed to give them what would satisfy their spiritual thirst forever– forgiveness of sins, faith, peace that passes all understanding, eternal life.
Are you thirsty?
Lord God, while there is much in this world for us to enjoy and experience, nothing brings lasting peace and contentment until we are connected to you. Thank you for the life giving waters of Baptism that connects us to you and sustains us in this life. Thank you for your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior, to whom we come for the Living Word–who is the Living Word! Thank you for the Holy Spirit that continues to flow in us through Word and Sacrament. Thank you for reviving our dry, parched souls. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3