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Blessed are the parched who know it

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. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
John 7:37-39

Jesus turned up for the Festival of Tabernacles, a festival in which Israel celebrated the gathering of the harvest and God’s miraculous protection as they left Egypt. As part of the festivities water would be poured over the altar alongside the usual wine. This was such a joyous occasion the people would celebrate with music, dancing and singing all night long [see sukkot].

Jesus stood in a very public place and claimed he was the true source of this living water who is the Spirit of God, and through believing in him we can not only receive but have a whole river of this living Spirit-water flowing from within us!

The question is: are you thirsty?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
  for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:6

We’re all in desperate need of this water, but if we don’t know it we’re in dire straits:

Woe to you who are well fed now,
  for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
  for you will mourn and weep.
Luke 6:25

This is a great question wherever you are at with God – do you thirst to go deeper?

‘I thirst’ was among Jesus’ last words while on the cross. Was this just physical dehydration or was he thirsty to fulfil the Scriptures? What was in Jesus’ heart? He’d come to fulfil the purpose of God and bring in the Kingdom, so he was thirsting for his purposes to be fulfilled and for the Holy Spirit to be poured out and come to live in human hearts.

We need to be a thirsty people – thirsty for God the Holy Spirit. The more we thirst and drink the more our deep existential thirst will be fulfilled and God’s good reign will be advanced.

Published 17th May 2019


  1. Sue millward says:

    Thankyou for taking time to do these.
    It is appreciated, and helps to refocus
    Yes some good things to think about. It is
    A humble thought, and produces so much gratitude, that Jesus longed for us also to have
    His Holy Spirit within us. Without whom life
    Would be pointless.
    I guess this , knowing this, is what makes our hearts long for others, to know Jesus. To know the truth. So their lives also can be purposeful and free. Whilst here on earth, and then forever. Kingdom in hearts here, and through that, seeing some of eternal kingdom now.
    Thankyou God. And Thankyou writer!

  2. Roger DESSAGNE says:

    iI don’t go to church as i was in bad shape in 2007, but I remain to be a born again beleiver with my wife so we pay every morning after listening to worship songs. I took courses with N.T. Wright… and I’m waiting with my wife to the plans of our Lord for our calls…

  3. Lois Herring says:

    I have found this not only helpful but also bringing challenge. Thank you very much.

  4. darla Elliott says:


  5. Bikram Barik says:

    Hello dear brothers and sisters, Greetings in Jesus Name.I am very thankful to for your loving letter sent to me regularly.herewith i do attached a brief report on Cyclone Fani which damaged our state Odisha on last 3rd May-2019.Kindly go through it and remember in your kind prayer for the calamity affected people. Longing to hear from you.
    With Regards,
    Rev. Bikram Barik,
    Odisha ,India.

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