When was the last time you really wanted a cold glass of water? Lately I’ve picked up running as a hobby again. Which means I’ve also started drinking a lot of water. Why? Because running makes you thirsty. So my mind, always looking for an interesting analogy, decided to begin thinking about the things we all thirst for:
We chase these things, but we never seem to fully get them, and we become thirstier in the process. You know what I mean. Like when someone finally accepts you, but then another rejects you. Or when you finally get the thing you thought would bring lasting joy, only to desire something else in a day. Or when you succumb to temptation, only to come to your senses and realize that it was a bad choice. Then you succumb again… All the while our thirst grows more desperate, clinging to anything and anyone who offers us satisfaction.
With that in mind, the words of Jesus make perfect sense when He says:
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”
Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
We are so prone to forget that the ultimate message of salvation is not, “Pray this and avoid hell!” The message of salvation is, “Come to Me and never thirst!” All of our desires can never be satisfied outside of Him, and none of our joys are greater than Him. He is the Fountain of Living Water. He is Our Savior and Sustainer. He alone satisfies, for He alone can quench the unquenchable. Run to Him!
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.