On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
The physical body needs nourishment. So too, does the spiritual side of a person need nourishment. Jesus is the Bread of Life (John 6:35). He is the fountain of Living Water (John 4:14). He is the spiritual food Source.
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
This is a great verse for those who would say, “God could never forgive me.”, or “You don’t know the terrible things I’ve done.” If you are drawn to Jesus by the Father, He will never drive you away. When we suffer, Satan would desire to torment us with doubt, but it is then that we need to remember God’s promises the most. “I will never drive you away”, “I will never leave you or forsake you. Isaiah 41:10”.
Isaiah 49: 16 says, “See, I have engraved you in the palms of my hands…”. It is so important for us to operate our lives on the true promises of God, and not operate them according to our feelings.
But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?
Jesus is talking to the Jewish religious leadership. They read The Mosaic Law every day, yet according to Jesus, they didn’t believe it. No wonder they felt free to ignore the Law in favor of their own traditions. They didn’t believe what Moses wrote.
Are we like that? Do we read God’s Word, and say, “Oh, that’s nice.”, and then live our lives as though we never read it? Let it not be. I pray we would know God through His Word, and live our lives by His power.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
Think of a time when you were really thirsty, and how wonderful and refreshing it was to take a drink. Then remember a time when you have been in the midst of a trial – maybe suffering physically or emotionally and you stop to take a long drink of the Living Water within you. Jesus, Who refeshes, lifts the burden and provides that peace that goes beyond understanding, blessed gift of God!
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
Numbers, 21:8 The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”
Moses lifted up the snake on a pole, and anyone who was bitten and looked at the bronze snake lived. There was faith involved here. They must believe that what God told Moses was true ,and lift their eyes up from the poisonous snakes all around them in order to be healed. Jesus was lifted up on a pole of sorts, the cross. When we lift our eyes to the cross and believe that the sacrifie made there is for the payment of our sins, we repent, and are healed. This takes faith as well. To lift our eyes from the sin of this world, the lusts of the flesh that are so common to man and old friends who don’t want us to be new, this comes by faith. True to His Word, we lift our eyes to Jesus, experience His salvation and live.
This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
He thus revealed His GLORY. The Greek word here is DOXA which means the very nature and acts of God, Who He is and what He does when He reveals Himself in the Person of Christ.
The Glory of God wrapped itself in flesh and walked among men for 33 years. Here in Cana, for the first time, man got a glimpse of that glory. Like a flash of blinding light in a sin-darkened world, flesh gave way to glory.
It reminds me of salvation. In our world, darkened by sin, an incredible light of truth dawned with the invitation to salvation through Jesus Christ. In the midst of that glorious light, we put our faith in him, leaving behind a life of sin, beginning a life surrounded by the love and friendship of God.
From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
From the FULLNESS of his grace we have received blessing on blessing. How dare we withhold grace or b lessing from others? WE turn the faucet off. God never does. If we can get that picture – God pouring out on us, the fullness of his grace – so we can pour it out on others, we would understand. It can never run out! Don’t be stingy with God’s generosity. He is the never ending source of grace, love and forgiveness.