The Scene: “on the last day of the feast, the great day”
The Feast of Tabernacles, a celebration.
Remembering how they, the Israelites, had wandered in the desert for forty years.
God had tabernacled with them.
They celebrated God’s miraculous provision of food that fell from the sky and water that came pouring from a rock when Moses was commanded to strike it.
The “last day of the feast, the great day” was the eighth day.
For seven consecutive days they would take a golden pitcher and go down to the pool of Siloam and fill it with water and bring it into the Temple to ceremoniously pour it out.
They were remembering how God had provided water for them in the desert.
After these seven days was a day of celebration!
On this eight day we now find Jesus, likely standing near the pool and crying out to the crowd of people who were bustling about on this day of celebration.
It says that Jesus stood up & cried out!
Normally a teacher or Rabbi would sit down and teach, but Jesus was standing and crying out.
He was making an announcement, crying out to this busy crowd of people.
Transition: Today we are going to observe three things about what Jesus cried out to the crowd: the Call , the Invitation, and the Promise.
The Call: He cried out, “If anyone thirsts”
How ODD to be standing next to a pool of reputably fresh drinking water and asking people if they are thirsty.
Why would He call out to the thirsty like this? Were the people at the Festival really thirsty?
We often don’t recognize our physical thirst
a. I’ve read that we don’t often experience thirst until we are already getting dehydrated.
We need to be repeatedly told by Doctors, dietitians, health and wellness experts, and workout coaches, “You need to drink more water!”
Signs of physical dehydration:
A parched mouth
Feeling fatigued or lethargic
headaches and brain fog that are caused by your brain shrinking and pulling away from your skull
Need I go on?
There are things that awaken your thirst:
i. Creating thirst: (POUR GLASS OF WATER)
a. “Excuse me for a moment.
Do you ever get really thirsty during these worship services?
Sometimes I just get parched.
(pour glass of water).
If you weren’t thirsty before, are you now?
Maybe the sight of a someone pouring a cold glass of your favorite drink on a hot summer day and watching the glass sweat and the drink sparkle is what gets your thirst going.
Smelling donuts may get your hunger rolling, or how about the sound of fajitas sizzling in the skillet?
Transition: But Jesus was crying out to the people about a different kind of thirst and drawing their attention to a different kind of water.
Just as we don’t always recognize our physical thirst...
We don’t recognize our spiritual thirst without the Lord revealing our need
The unbeliever needs to be awakened
Signs of spiritual dehydration:
i. Anger and bitterness
Selfishness, pride, & arrogance
v. lack of compassion & good works
e. Jesus is calling out to you today.
Do you realize that you need spiritual water?
An Invitation to Drink:: “Let him come to me and drink.”
Transition: If you don’t know you are thirsty, you won’t do anything about it.
The only problem with this is that just because you realize you are thirsty doesn’t mean you can do anything about it.
Example: Sophia got so ill that she couldn’t take in any water even though she wanted to.
Eventually she was so dehydrated that she became severely lethargic, couldn’t walk, and was becoming unresponsive.
She needed water, but she couldn’t do anything about it.
We needed to pick her up, carry her to the car, and bring her to the emergency room so that she could get an IV of water.
I saw that girl go from facing death to springing back to life, all because of her need of water.
This is no ordinary invitation.
It is the invitation of God.
When God graciously calls and invites a person He draws them to Himself with His own strength and ability.
It’s a good thing too, because it is the sick who need a Doctor, the poor who need help, the broken who need fixing, the unable to be cared for.
That is our God.
He is a God who comes to the needy, the thirsty and draws them to Himself.
Jesus says in John 6, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”
Speaking tenderly/wooing like in Hosea“Here kitty kitty”, “here boy!”, twinkle in His eye, gentleness, love, and sincerity in His voice,The Running Father
“To me” (Jesus): John 3/4:14
Right location is important:
AA leader - saw my title for this sermon as I was preparing to preach and it was “If anyone is thirsty come & drink.”
He chuckled and said, “Yeah, except for my guys, right!”
Come & drink.
Where we go to drink is important!
Jesus said “come to me and drink.”
Commercials for beer and soda promise to quench your thirst.
Right thirst quencher:
not mucky/contaminated water;
not a diarrhetic/dehydrator;
not harmful or damaging but healing and bringing life.