Summary: This sermon speaks of the living water that comes only from Jesus.
A Drink of Jesus’ Water
In the beginning of John chapter seven, the city of Jerusalem is in quite a bit of commotion. People from all walks of life were preparing for the Feast of the Tabernacles. Not only was this a great time of religious fellowship, it was also a time that brought into Jerusalem visitors, and visitors meant more revenue. The citizens were excited and yet at the same time, weary; as this feast lasted for several days.
One of the spiritual purposes of this particular feast was to bring back to rememberance the journey their forefathers made out of Egypt into the land of divine promises. On the last day of the feast their minds were to recall how that God supplied water --- life giving water --- for their forefathers out of a rock as they journeyed in the wilderness hundreds of years ago. God never wants us to forget the things He has done for us in the past. Being thankful for the past helps us to receive from God our needs today.
On this last day the priest takes w ith him a vessel of gold and goes down to the pool of Siolam. There, he draws up three logs of water and then carried them in triumphant procession through the water gate into the temple courts. Then, the trumpets begin to sound and the singers begin to sing forth, " with joy shall ye draw waters out of the wells of salvation." Then the priest pours out the water. The water flows past the altar and down the steps into the streets of Jerusalem and the priest voice proclaims: "If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink." If we were obedient, then rivers of water would flow forth from our bellies, our inner most beings.
This act of worship was a type and shadow of the divine water that flows from having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In Christ there is not only "life" offered; He offers "Rivers of Life."
Oh how I wish people could come to the understanding today, that coming to Jesus does not "TAKE" from us, but rather it "ENRICHES" our lives! While in the grave Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave and took the keys of LIFE EVERLASTING, FREE and ABUNDANT and gives those spiritual keys to His children. The Good Shepherd does not make our life miserable. The only real joy of life comes from walking with Him in sweet fellowship.
A few days ago I was mowing our lawn and I was in a hurry to get it finished so I could do something else that was pressing. I went for a long time without stopping for a rest or for a drink of water. When I did stop oh how good that water tatsed. But that is not the water Jesus was referring to. He was speaking of the water of SAVING GRACE. Have you drank of this water?
1. THE POVERTY HE EXPOSED: