Friday, August 26, 2011

Come, Everyone Who Thirsts

“Come, everyone who thirsts” (Isaiah 55:1)

Think for a moment about a hot summer day. You have just been out running errands in the heat of the day. You’re sweaty, tired and hot. Wouldn’t a tall glass of water taste really good in this scenario? Our body is restored once we have a drink of water. Spiritually all of us are born dying of thirst. Our souls are never quenched because we are running after broken cisterns that never satisfy. But Jesus says, “Come, everyone who thirsts.”

Each of us was created for a purpose whether we acknowledge this truth or not. We all have a desire to be satisfied. Look around and see the different fountains people drink from to quench their soul’s desire. Christian, check your own heart to see what cravings you have for fleeting pleasures. When we try to fill our eternal soul with temporal stuff it just doesn’t work. You cannot satisfy the eternal with the temporal. This is an impossible goal. But there is an eternal fountain to drink from that will satisfy your soul forever. Yes, forever! The Fountainhead is calling: “Come, everyone who thirsts.”

The apostle John records the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. This was an interesting situation from the start because Jews did not associate with Samaritan’s. But Jesus comes to the lady and asks, “Give me a drink.” Taken aback by the fact that this Jewish man was speaking to her she asks him a question, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” Jesus answers back, “"If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." I imagine the blank look on her face as he is sitting there with no bucket to draw water yet he is offering her living water. What she doesn’t understand is this Jewish man is the Messiah. Jesus then makes it clear that the water from the well will satisfy for a time but the thirst will naturally come back. But spiritually Jesus offers her the only eternal thirst quencher: Himself. “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jesus didn’t need a bucket because he is the eternal spring of water welling up to eternal life. He is calling us to come and drink.

The question can be asked: Why do Christians still drink from the well water when the spring is dwelling within them? That is a fair question. For all of us, believer or not, that question reveals a problem with us, not God. Naturally we are all born enslaved to sin. We love sin and sin has the power over us. We don’t just sin but we are sinners. On the surface this may not always show itself because of God’s common grace. But in our hearts we are in bondage. We are not as bad as we could on the surface because of his grace. But for the believer, Jesus, through his death and resurrection, has pardoned our sin and empowered us to have victory over sin. We have been raised to newness of life through the power of the gospel. The Christian has the supernatural power to forsake sin because of the all-satisfying treasure of Christ’s Spirit dwelling within us. When our eyes are fixed upon Christ the broken cisterns of the world begin to lose there allurement. But sadly we are still sinners. This is why the believer longs for heaven because sin will be gone and our eyes will never be removed from Christ.

Until that day we strive, by God’s grace, toward holiness. We want to be like Jesus. He is our standard. Sadly, most people keep dropping their buckets down a well which ultimately doesn’t satisfy their soul. Jesus is inviting everyone who thirsts to come. There is only one eternal spring of water, Jesus Christ, but he is inviting all to come and drink. “Come, everyone who thirsts.”

Grace upon grace,

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