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Are you thirsty? | John 7:37-39

37 Now on the last and most important day of the feast, Jesus stood and called out [in a loud voice], “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! 38 He who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Me], as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.’” 39 But He was speaking of the [Holy] Spirit, whom those who believed in Him [as Savior] were to receive afterward. The Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor).

John 7:37-39 (AMP)

Now comes the last (and greatest) day of the feast of tabernacles; probably the eighth day. “Having announced His departure, Jesus proceeded to offer the Holy Spirit for those who believed on Him.” (planobiblechapel.org) He uses a tradition of pouring water during the feast to invite seekers of the Lord to come to him.

What about the water?

On each day of the feast, the priests would pour water at the base of the altar of the temple and let it flow down the steps. This was intended to remind the Israelites of how the Lord satisfied their need for water in the wilderness. “Many Jews would accompany the ceremonial priests on those seven feast-day mornings. Some of them would … chant Isaiah 55:1 and 12:3: ‘You there! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.’ ‘Joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.'” (planobiblechapel.org) On the 8th day, no water was poured. This dramatically emphasized the provision of the necessities of life by the Lord. [Planobiblechapel.org has a nice, detailed, explanation of the feast and the pouring out of water. Check it out here.]

Are you thirsty?

Jesus capitalized on this pouring of water to express that He is the source of life, eternal life. Those who were thirsty in the desert cried out to the Lord and he provided water out of a rock (Exodus 17:6). Here in this passage (as well as today), those who are thirsty for God, for truth, for salvation from their sins, for peace, call out to Jesus. He, the Lord incarnate, gives them living water. Like the woman at the well in John 4:10, Jesus exposes the inner need for God – that all people are seeking God.


Jesus clarifies that this Living Water is the Holy Spirit that comes into all believers at salvation, seals them, and remains in them producing fruit for others benefit and God’s glory. After his ascension, the Spirit was poured out (Acts 2:1-4).

The Living Water of the Spirit is not just for salvation, it continues in the life of Christians. “Jesus did not only speak of something coming into a person, but something flowing out of them as well. It was not only a blessing received, but also becoming a source of blessing to others.” (enduringword.com

This message on John 7:37-39 by Pastor Chuck Smith is a very memorable one from my early days of belief (about 30 minutes into the John 7-8 recording).

<- Reflection ->
  • Do you realize what you are really seeking is God?  Believe!
  • Christian, be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). The Greek indicates continual filling.
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