Day 14 (Thursday, March 21, 2019)
37 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38 and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39 Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no
We know how refreshing and satisfying
Jesus’ chose this climactic moment to call out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink…” It was a stunning statement. Jesus had already told a woman at Jacob’s well in Samaria that he could give living water that would wash away sin and satisfy thirsty lives. Now he was saying metaphorically that he was the temple from whom the living waters of God would flow, blessing the nations. However, Jesus’ words caused division. Some were impressed, some sneered, some wanted to kill him. But Nicodemus, one of the Jewish rulers who had come to Jesus at night (John 3:1ff) pointed out the inconsistencies of his fellow leaders and stood up for Jesus (7:51f). Nicodemus’s response is a marvelous challenge and encouragement for us today.
Heavenly Father, the giver of all good things, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and grant that by your holy inspiration we may think those things that are good, and by your grace and guidance
Daily Reading Plan
Read John 7:37-52