Do you look at the wrong things to find satisfaction?
Are you in search for the next biggest “high”?
Do you feel you need to travel or find the best restaurant?
Do you strive to tick things off your bucket list?
Have you found satisfaction in the craving of your spirit and soul?
These are the questions that are lying deep within your soul. What will satisfy this ache — this hunger — this thirst? Every time you do one of these things, for a time it feels good. But then there is emptiness again.
It’s not that these things are bad. They are fun. They can satisfy for a little while. You can find enjoyment. All good. But does the ache in your soul go away or are you searching for something else?
Hard questions. Hard answers.
People had followed Jesus to see His miracles. There were crowds — 5000 plus at one time. They all thought miracles were the answer. (John 6:1–14).
But Jesus disappointed them. He said basically that miracles were not how they could be satisfied. Instead, they needed to seek after Him.
“He said, “Whoever comes to Me shall not hunger and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst (John 6:35).””
This wasn’t what they wanted to hear. They wanted someone to do the miracles — to become the King and fight their battles against oppressors.
Jesus disappointed them.
He said all men could come to Him and be satisfied. Not just the Jews. He made it an open invitation to His enemies, even those who wanted to kill Him.
Picture Jesus at the festival, the last day actually, when water is brought up the stairs of the temple and ceremoniously poured out as was the custom. It symbolically showed the promises of the prophets — Moses, Joel, Ezekiel and Jeremiah. They had spoken about the water flowing — an eternal spring.
Sukkot — the Feast of Tabernacles
“On the last or “great” day of the feast, the water libation rite reached its climax. The priests circled the altar seven times and then poured out the water with great pomp and ceremony. This was Hoshana Rabbah, the great “HOSHIANA,” (which translated is “save now”) from Sukkot: A Promise of Living Water.” [not sure why the word libation was chosen since this is an alcoholic drink to the gods. but I liked the picture of the ceremony.]
Now Jesus is there in the Temple — He is saying that He is the Living Water that was foretold.
Wouldn’t that be something!
The priest calls out that there is a promise of Living Water and Jesus says: I AM HE.
If people would come to Jesus — then the water would come into them like a spring, continually running. Not a sip. Not a bottle. But a spring. A spring of living water.
What are you drinking?
- drugs, alcohol, new car, new clothes?
- life experiences — zip lining, travel, cruises?
- watching the same angry TV news — again and again?
- watching the same TV shows — again and again?
Or are you searching for something different?
The desert is dry — very dry.
We reside in a desert during the winter months. Constantly the topic of water is in the news. Will the water from the Colorado River stop flowing to Arizona? How can we prevent this?
Water is the source of physical life.
Is your spirit dry? — very dry?
What about your soul or spirit?
Is it dry?
Is there a chance that it may dry up completely?
Jesus is the source of spiritual life.
You were created in the image of God
Yes, you were. Like God — not as God. There is a difference. We have a soul that cries out for water — life — spiritual life. Your soul is made to live on God. To thrive by being part of Him. Apart we can do nothing.
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing (John 15:5, The Message).”
How thirsty are you?
God wrote the law to need water on every soul on this earth. It’s etched on your spirit. It’s aching to find the Source.
How can I find the Source?
Jesus tells us how. After His resurrection, the disciples waited and waited. Finally, the Holy Spirit descended on them. They were filled with God’s Spirit. And that Holy Spirit is here today. Yes, it is. The only thing necessary is to ask for a drink — a drink of his Living Water.
Jesus, please fill me up with Living Water.
May I pray for you and me?
Father, thank You for creating us — flawed as we are. Thank You for accepting us — broken as we are. Help us to reach out, cry out for the Living Water that Jesus offers us. Teach us to learn more by studying Your Word, being in fellowship with each other, praying and listening. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
*This post was based on a sermon by Pastor Rick Thiemke of Via Church, Mesa Arizona.