From Pastor Ken…
Have you ever considered that we look for satisfaction in other places than in a relationship with Jesus because we really don’t know Him as we should?
A Moment in the Life of Jesus
After the feeding of the 5,000, the crowd continued to look for a convenient blessing of physical bread. Jesus redirected their superficial desires by teaching that He himself is the “bread of life” that alone satisfies man’s soul (John 6). Jesus then revealed Himself even more personally during a popular Jewish festival (the Feast of the tabernacles). On the last day of this event, after the priest had given a visual reminder of when God provided water for Israel during the wilderness years, Jesus cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37). Wow! At the very moment when Israel was looking back to when God provided physical needs, Jesus invited everyone to have a deeper need satisfied: the need of the human heart.
I really want you to get this!
Jesus gave this invitation to an audience comprised primarily of those who doubted Him (the Jewish Leaders, the crowd at large, and even the disciples). To overcome the doubt that constantly swirled around Him, Jesus simply gave an invitation to believe that He alone can satisfy the deepest longing of the heart. In fact, Jesus actually promised that through faith in Him, life will be as rivers of living water flowing from within (John 7:38). Now,that’s a full life.
JESUS WANTS TO MOVE YOU FROM A LIFE OF DOUBT TO A HEART THAT TRULY OVERFLOWS WITH LIFE!
But, maybe you feel anything but rivers of life coming from within. Maybe bitterness, discouragement, regret, or fear seems to flow more readily. If so, remember the invitation of Jesus: come and drink, which means, come and receive by faith Jesus’ love and forgiveness that alone can satisfy your soul.
- Jesus gives you this invitation today. Isn’t it time you RSVP?
- What doubts swirl about your mind and heart today?
- Do these doubts keep you from desperately thirsting for Jesus?
I will be preaching a message this Sunday, May 6 on why we doubt and why we shouldn’t (from John 7). Please join us!
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