John 7:37-38 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”
GREAT WORDS FROM A GREAT SOURCE.
At the time that this was written, a great feast was being celebrated. It was an important time in the annual calendar. At the end of this great celebration, Jesus stands up and begins to speak of some great things. These were not words spoken by some arb individual. These words were spoken by the Son of God Himself. It was not a disciple, or a follower, or a priest, or some great prophet. No, these words were spoken by Christ Himself. John the Baptist recognized that Jesus was the truly great one and the source of all things.
Mark 1:7-8 John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am – so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of His sandals. I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”
His words were and are truth and life. His words can be relied on and trusted. His words are faultless and based on unlimited knowledge. His words were an invitation to the people and they are an invitation to you and I today. His words were not complicated or difficult to understand. His words are life and truth.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
A GREAT MESSAGE TO THEM AND TO US.
John 7:37 ‘Jesus stood and cried out…’
Sometimes I like to stop and imagine and see with my mind’s eye what this must have looked like. Here He stands up and begins to cry out to the people around Him. Can you see the picture and can you imagine their excitement as He begins to speak? People used to follow Him all around the area waiting for Him to stop and speak, so that they could hear what He had to say and be healed in the process. Imagine their excitement as Christ now stands up and they begin to speak among themselves and say: ‘What will He tell us this time?’ They would hang on every word that came from the source of life. But that message on that day was not just for those people in that day. It is also a message for you and I right here and right now. His words continue to be living words and can fill us with life today.
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