Friday, May 19, 2017

Thirsty?



“I am thirsty” (John 19:25).  This utterance by Jesus Himself from the cross was portended in Psalm 63:21 regarding the scorn and bitterness given for His souls thirst. There was no greater thirst in history. Why? This was a thirst that came from the weight of all the sin of man being carried by God’s Son.  So we too thirst. In fact, we cannot live for more than a few days without water.  Throughout Scripture is the admonition to come to the only place where our thirst may be quenched.

I recall several summers ago trout fishing in Montana. I was with an old friend who had introduced our family to the “Big Sky” country. We were hiking down to the Hound Creek on the massive SK cattle ranch. The hike was down a steep canyon walled by steep rocks filled with rattlesnakes and cactus. It was already in the mid-nineties as we worked our way down the canyon trail. When we made it to the bottom, we were rewarded by a spring creek meandering through a grassy valley filled with wildflowers and prairie grasses.  We caught several native brown trout with brilliant yellow breasts we called “canaries.” It was hot and getting hotter in the cloudless, sunny August day. We found a huge pool in the stream. After taking a couple of fish, we dove in to help cool our parched throats and baking bodies.

As we headed back up the canyon trail, the temperature had risen into the 100s and we had no water. Our friend Karl led us out like a pack mule. He was determined to get to the top and water. It was a grueling hike up. When we finally reached the summit we came to a ranch home with a hose. We turned on the cold spring water and drank and drenched each other with the life giving water. We were ecstatic with the refreshment. Still today we often are reminded of the precious life-giving water of Hound Creek.

In time of trial and trouble we often thirst for refreshment or restoration as Psalm 23 provides beside the still waters. But Scripture tells us that we will continue to thirst like the woman at the well in John 4. This is a story which is familiar to all who have read any Bible stories. It is moreover, the story of all of our lives. You may say you are not a serial adulterer. Perhaps not, but you keep needing to find water for your thirst. Water that does not quench until you find the “living water” that Jesus represents. In John 4:13 Jesus says, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14). The woman says, “give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming back here to draw water” (v.15).

Back in Isaiah 55 the prophet says, "Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread with your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare” (Isaiah 55:1-2).  Later he says, “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on him while he is near…Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon” (Isaiah 55:6). 

What a wonderful prophesy some 700 years before the coming of Christ. This plea to find the only place where our thirst may be quenched should be compelling.  John the Apostle said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:37).


Finally, in Revelation Jesus says to John, “The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17). This clear call is throughout the Bible, to come to the waters and drink of life.  This is the call to find life in the only One and place where there is life eternal. This life is in the Son. and he who has Him has life. Come the way of the water of life and truth and drink deeply. Drink away your sins and fears and find life eternal through Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord forever!

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