John 7:25-52; 1 Chronicles 29; Zechariah 13
There is a caricature of what it means to be thirsty that everyone would recognize. It’s the man in the desert crawling on hands and knees. His clothes are tattered. One of his hands is outstretched and he’s croaking “Water. Water.”
As searing as that picture of physical thirst, spiritual thirst is far worse. Speaking to the woman at the well, Jesus offered her water that would quench that spiritual thirst. Now, after actually showing up at the Feast Jesus offered the freedom to quench that spiritual thirst to anyone: “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.’” In the desert when people are seeking water they may come upon bad water sources that are poisonous or brackish. They don’t quench the thirst and they cause more problems if you do drink it. The same thing is true spiritually. There are many opportunities to go to other sources of spiritual water; but they are all false. The only spiritual water that quenches thirst and brings us spiritual health is from Jesus. If you are thirsty…if you have tried other water…the time is now to come to Jesus and quench that spiritual thirst.
When I turned to Jesus I realized that I had found that source of water that would quench my thirst. There are too many spiritually thirsty people crawling in the desert looking for something to satisfy. Too often they find the brackish pools of water and settle there. Many find the poisonous water and stop there. Jesus continues to offer living water that will satisfy our thirst. Our job is to drink of that water and share it with others each and every day.