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Jesus – Living Water

on August 23, 2013

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Memory Verse: John 7:37

Life Application: Only Jesus will quench our spiritual thirst.

Bible text:

John 7:37-38

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

John 3:16

John 7:37  NKJV          “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”

       Shemini Atzert, is the eighth day that was added to the Feast of Tabernacles during the time of Ezar. This day became known as “The Great Day of the Feast.” On this day the High Priest would pour water from the pool of Siloam into a basin at the foot of the altar. The water was a symbol of God’s Spirit. During the temple times the custom was to draw from the Siloam springs a “libation” to accompany the offerings. This was done with great rejoicing and expressions of thanksgiving.

It was on the eighth day that Jesus told the people if they were thirsty to come to Him and drink. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring, that He was the source of living water.

 

John 7:37-38  NKJV          “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

       Jesus told the people that were gathered, as the High Priest poured water from the pool of Siloam into the basin, that if they believed in Him, rivers of living water would flow out of them. By this Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit. The water the High Priest would pour out was just a symbol of God’s Spirit but Jesus offered them the real thing, the Holy Spirit (rivers of living water).

In the natural realm when a person is thirsty they have a desire or need for a drink. They have a strong desire to quench their thirst. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we are spiritually thirsty we have a need for living water. Jesus invites every person that is thirsty to go to Him, the only One that can truly satisfy their thirst.

Nothing tastes as good as a big drink of cold water when a person is thirsty. The water will only satisfy you for a while. Soon you will need another drink of water. The Bible tells us that Jesus can give us a drink of water that will last forever. Not water that comes out of a faucet or a bottle, but a special kind of water. Jesus can give us the water of everlasting life. The life that Jesus offers constantly satisfies. We can have this “living water” by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.

 

Romans 3:23  NKJV        “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

       Everyone has sinned and is separated from God because of it. This separation causes us to have a “spiritual thirst” that only God can satisfy. We cannot change ourselves or satisfy our own thirst. We must be willing to admit that we are a sinner and that we need Jesus to give us “living water” (eternal life).

 

Romans 6:23  NKJV      “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

John 3:16  NKJV      “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Review

1. When was Shemini Atzert, added to the Feast of Tabernacles?

 

2. During Shemini Atzert the High Priest would pour water from the pool of ___________into a basin at the foot of the altar.

3. What was the water a symbol of?

4. Jesus told the people if they were ______________ to come to Him and drink.

5. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring, that He was the source of _______________  _______________.

6. How can we have the living water that Jesus offers?

7. People are separated from God because of ___________.

8. How can we have eternal life?

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