Tuesday, 5 February 2019

What Do You Thirst For?

Scripture: John 4 v 10: "Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give Me to drink; thou wouldst have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water."

John 7 v 37 - 38: "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. 
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."

We sing a lovely chorus:  "There's a river of life flowing out from me; it makes the lame to walk and the blind to see; it opens prison doors and sets the captives free; there's a river of life flowing out through me."

Jesus told the Samaritan woman He met at Jacob's Well that He could give her living water so she would never thirst again. What is it we thirst for?

Firstly, Righteousness. Sin dries us up inside our hearts. We become like wrinkled prunes in our soul and spirit. Dried and shrivelled and unhappy. A thirst for right standing with God begins to move into our conscious minds. The thirst grows more insistent and we look for many thirst quenchers to try to slake that demanding drought within. Nothing helps until we admit our guilt of sin towards our Father and receive Jesus as our Saviour.

As Jesus said to the Samaritan woman when you receive the living water you will not thirst again. Once you have Jesus within your heart you are completely satisfied. His righteousness with the Father is extended to us.

Secondly, we thirst for truth. Our lives are so bombarded by lies, false promises, infidelity, scams, identity theft etc that we have forgotten what real truth is. When we actually hear the truth our mind rejects it as false. It is so alien it cannot be right. I am talking about the truth concerning Jesus.

When the truth about Him is received and believed the living water bursts forth in a joyous stream within us. In John 7 Jesus says it will flow out of your innermost belly to touch others who are searching for truth.

Thirdly, we thirst for knowledge and go to great lengths and expense to expand our minds with learning. When we know Jesus who is the sum of all knowledge, the Alpha and Omega, the well-spring of living water refreshes our thirsting soul.

John 7 v 39: "(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"
This refers to the Holy Spirit which could only be given after Jesus death, resurrection and ascension to Heaven where He was glorified. Ten days later on the feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down and the Church was born as the Disciples of Jesus burst forth in tongues, prophecy and cloven tongues resembling fire rested on their heads. Acts 2.

John 3 v 3 - 5:  "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 
 4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
 5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

Jesus says we cannot even perceive Heaven until we are born again through water and the Spirit.  We must be born again, baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit to receive the full blessing of salvation. I cannot stress this truth enough.

In the world, before we meet Jesus, we try in our own wisdom to quench the thirst we can't recognise. We try alcohol, drugs, sex, music, work, science, sports, religion, games, books, mountain climbing, deep sea diving and many other things to take away the thirst within us. 

There is a space within our beings that only Jesus can fill.  All the above methods are our attempts to quench the thirst for something we cannot identify.  For a time they satisfy but eventually that hidden nagging concern will surface.

There is only one way of quenching it! Only Jesus can fill us with the living water and satisfy every need we have. When we allow Him to fill us the need for worldly substitutes falls away.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father I could not live one minute without the flow of the Living Water, the Holy Spirit, in my life. Father let that Old Old Story of Jesus and His Love reach every heart and mind on every continent to quench every thirst. In Jesus' name. Amen.