Commands of Christ: 58

Come to Me and drink.

On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and exclaimed, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him.’” He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive. There was, of course, no Spirit yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.   John 7:37-39

This is reminiscent of Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well in Samaria in John 4.  In verse 10 Jesus told her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”  This is the sort of command which it is an obvious and immediate joy to obey.  We have thirst.  In this fallen world, there is so much unfulfilled desire, so much difficulty, so much heartache.  Jesus commands us to come to Him to find fulfillment.  He is the answer to the questions.  He is the provision for the need.  Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we receive the downpayment on eternal, redeemed, full life.  Come to Jesus.  Drink.

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