Jesus knew exactly what He was doing. The crowds in Jerusalem were at their peak “on the last day of the feast, the great day” of the Passover (John 7:37). It was a primary opportunity to reach the most people with His appeal; “If anyone thirst.”
The problem then and the problem now is that they/we do not realize we are at the point of spiritual dehydration – a very serious condition. The crowds in Jerusalem had drank religious tradition for so long they could not realize how bad their spiritual condition was. We also have substituted the pure water Jesus offers in the Holy Spirit with Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi and many other artificial drinks that we would rather have the fake stuff than the real. The Church (in general) is spiritually dehydrated and we do not realize it.
In our current experience through New Foundations International, it is very rare to find persons who want to drink just the pure water of God’s Word. In most places, we get the same reaction that Jesus received. They thought He was “the Prophet…the Christ…so there was a division among the people over Him” (7:40-44). NO ONE CAME TO DRINK! Today, most are more interested in money, buildings, programs, organizations and respect for a name.
The evidence that we know our thirst is real and want to do something about it is that we come to Jesus and drink deeply and exclusively from His source. NOTHING ARTIFICIAL! Jesus never offered other alternatives to satisfy the thirst of the soul and the spiritual need of the life.
WILL YOU ANSWER HIS INVITATION; “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink”?
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