“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” (John 7:37b NIV)

All of us have experienced being thirsty at some point in our lives. Thirst may be the result of the heat of the sun, physical exertion or just the lack of potable water itself. Studies show that humans can go on living for several weeks without any food intake but usually not more than three days without any water.

In John 4:14 Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that whoever drinks the water that He gives them will never thirst. He says further, “Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of living water welling up to eternal life.” Jesus offered this same living water to the Jews on the last day of the feast in Jerusalem. He took advantage of the fact that there were a lot of people gathered when He cried out His invitation once more, and, if they will hear His voice, they shall live. Jesus knew that many of the people there were only present because of the festivities and that most of them would not have another chance to hear and surrender their lives to Him. Thus, the offer of eternal life through Him was given to anyone within earshot.

In the same way, we are already living in the last days. Jesus still offers His living water to anyone who desires it before it’s too late. However, the difficult part for most people is admitting that they are thirsty, thirsty for Jesus Christ. Only when we realize our sinfulness will we recognize our need for this living water, the only kind of water which can extinguish the flames of the sinful nature in us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This living water that Jesus offers is the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life as the Nicene Creed calls him. It is only by the indwelling of God’s Spirit that we can be born again into newness of life in Christ. So what are you waiting for? Call on the name of the Lord and be saved!

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