“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” John 7:37–38
On each of the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles the people had stood as witnesses to the water-libation ceremony. In this ritual water would be drawn from the Pool of Siloam filling a large golden flagon. As the water entered the the city through the Water Gate a priest would sound three blasts upon the shofar (a rams horn trumpet) and the priest carrying the water would proceed to the temple and ascend the steps to the altar where he would turn to the left and pour out the water into a bowl prepared to receive it and channel it into a channel carved through the rock taking the water away from the temple.
On the seventh day the people would listen as a priest would read aloud passages from Zechariah 14 and Ezekiel 47, which promised that rivers of living water will flow forth from the Temple in the end time.
For hundreds of years the Jewish people with varying degrees of devotion had witnessed the enactment of these ceremonial traditions but in these rituals alone there was little to satisfy the longing of their hearts for something truly spiritual. On his day, standing with them in the Temple court and witness to both the faithfulness of the ceremonial participants and the yearning of the people was one would had come to give the waters of life and satisfy their innermost longings.
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Destruction and famine came upon this world because humanity had turned from the living God and severed its connection with him. The hope of humanity and the restoration of this world will only come as a result of our once again returning to God, submitting to him, and receiving from him the eternal flow of living water.
“Come to Me!” Jesus calls.
Earthly vessels will soon empty and their contents soon flow away but in Jesus you will find an everlasting supply that will never cease to satisfy. Only Jesus can give you life. Only Jesus can satisfy the deepest longings of your heart. Only Jesus has the Water of Life.