I cannot get John 7:37-39 out of my mind. For the last few days, these verses have played over and over in my head as I think about how many unengaged and unreached people groups are still left who have never heard of Jesus and there is no Christian witness among them. I could give the numbers in each category (which we have done before), but I doubt they alone will move hearts.
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’”” (John 7:37–38). Over the next day or two, I will give you my heart on this passage.
As a starter, let’s look at the setting of these verses. As the person of Jesus has been revealed from chapter 1 to 6, He was met with wonder, rejection, doubt, and even some of His disciples turned their backs on Him and no longer followed Him because Jesus’ teaching was too hard for them to accept (6:35-66).
Jesus touches an issue in chapter 7 that I believe lies at the root of weak evangelism and weak churches. His cry, “If anyone thirsts” is a critical question. Do we thirst and do we look for people who are thirsty? Jesus did not ask, ‘does anyone want the easy road to discipleship’ or ‘does anyone want to be wealthy, powerful or happy with this world’s goods.’ He was asking a heart question. We will come back to this question tomorrow, but in the meantime, ask yourself what do you long for the most? What are you most thirsty for? What you spend the most time on is a good indicator and will probably answer the question.
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