The Fountain: Dec. 18
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
Our souls were made to be in the presence of God Himself. That’s why God consistently compares Himself to water in the Scriptures—in the same way that we cannot be physically healthy or thriving without water, we cannot be spiritually healthy or thriving apart from the presence of God.
Apart from God we are like a man crawling through the desert, seeing one oasis after another that all prove to be mirages. The terrifying truth is that God could leave us in this condition for eternity. Eternal death includes permanent spiritual dehydration—feeling our souls suffer from the lack of spiritual water we were made to enjoy.
But He did not leave his people to this judgment. Instead Jesus offers to reunite us with the Fountain of Living Water that is God himself. Jesus provides more than occasional access to the well of fellowship with God. He offers to bring the Spirit of God to all who trust in Him.
Those who come to Jesus will know the endless abundance of God’s Holy Spirit with them, flowing like a stream out of the very center of who they are. Jesus does not just give us a glimpse of God or a taste of Him. He gives the presence of God permanently united to us through His Spirit. He is truly the Fountain of Living Water.
Let us thirst and drink deeply of the presence of God that we have in Christ Jesus.