Summary: Exactly what thirst does the Spirit satisfy?
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "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."
By this he meant the Spirit... John 7:37-39
It’s interesting that God would use water to symbolize His Spirit.
In the beginning (when God created the Heaven’s and the earth) water was about all there was. It wasn’t until the 3rd day of creation God caused “dry ground” to appear (Genesis 1:9)
To this day - about 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water.
Water was one of the main elements God used in creation.
If you were to go outside and look at a tree in the field, that tree is made of at least 75 percent water.
If you go down to the local KFC, their chickens (when they were alive) had 75% water.
And the common pineapple has 80 percent water in it.
Then of course… there’s you
• Water comprises more than 60 percent of your body,
• 70 percent of your brain,
• 80 percent of your blood
• And nearly 90 percent of your lungs.
And water – on our earth - is seemingly everywhere.
The total water supply of the planet is estimated at 326 million cubic miles. To help visualize that vast amount of water, imagine if all of the planet’s water was poured onto the United States…it would create an ocean 90 miles deep.
That’s a lot of water - but not all of it is useful to us.
Fully 97 percent of the Earth’s total water supply is salt water found in oceans and seas. And most of the remaining 3% of fresh water can be found frozen in glaciers & ice caps.
We could not exist without water and yet most of the water on our planet is inaccessible to us.
Like I said … it’s interesting that God would use water to symbolize His Holy Spirit.
APPLY: The Bible tells me that God is omnipresent.
Like water He’s everywhere.
In fact, there’s no place that we could go to get away from His Spirit.
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalm 139:7-10
Like water, God’s Spirit is everywhere.
And yet, that Spirit isn’t accessible to everyone.
Jesus teaches us that ONLY those who believe in Him will have this fountain of living water within them.
Roman 8:9 tells us that
“… if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” Romans 8:9
God’s Spirit is everywhere - but Jesus tells us only we have access to it.
And just like water, God’s Spirit has been given to us so that our thirst can be satisfied.
In John 4:13-14, when Jesus talked with the woman at the well, He said to her, "Everyone who drinks 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."