If Anyone Thirsts (John 7:37-39) Commentary

On the last day of the feast  The Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths, which remembered the Exodus from Egypt and the Israelites time in the wilderness. For this reason they lived in tents or temporary dwellings. It also celebrated the harvest, and God’s provision. (See Leviticus 23:33-43)  the great day A day of great festivity.  During the ceremony a priest would lead a procession down to the Pool of Siloam, and fill a pitcher with water. Then he would bring the pitcher back to the altar, and pour the water over it. This was a jubilant celebration, with trumpets, shouting, and chanting, based from Isaiah 12:3, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”   Jesus stood up to make himself visible Christ does not hide himself  and cried out, raised his voice over the crowd  “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. That is, if you truly want to draw from the well of salvation, if you thirst spiritually, then you must accept Christ, the only path to eternal life. All men and women thirst this way, and no worldly pursuit can satisfy a dry soul. Jesus can. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”  The Holy Spirit descends upon all believers, and that is the gift of God. It is an eternal spring of God’s comfort, if we do not grieve it or suppress it. 

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