A Raise Your Lighter (or Cell Phone) Moment in Scripture…

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“On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink!  The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been received because Jesus had not yet been glorified.” John 7: 37-39

As I studied these verses this morning, I thought to myself, Jesus saved the best for the last.

Kind of on a side note here, but the verses above reminded me of the famous account in Scripture of when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding…and not just mediocre wine…the best wine.

The news Jesus is sharing? I think the fact that Jesus closes with this news is reason to pause for a minute and allow what He says to pour into us.

Jesus waits until the most significant, most precious day of the festival to share this information with the attendees.

It’s the best news still to come. It the ace up His sleeve. It’s like going to a concert and waiting through the first act to hear the band you came to see. The crowds didn’t realize it then, but Jesus was sharing His number one hit with them. This is the point in the story, had the crowds only understood what He was telling them, they would have had their “Freebird” lighters (or cell phones) raised high in sky!

This news Jesus is sharing?  It’s like the grand finale at a fireworks show. Don’t you see it…how it lights up the sky and explodes into take-your-breath-away colors.

Think about this for a minute. When the road you are on gets hard, and it will, this Truth is what we are invited to embrace every moment of every day. This news, this Truth… is the most important bit of information we need to remember.

“The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” He said this about the Spirit.” 

“If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink!”   Goodness, how easy it is for us to forget to do this! It’s like we have a never-ending Camelbak backpack supply of Jesus in our possession, and yet, how often do we neglect to turn and take a big gulp.  

The fact that the people Jesus was addressing didn’t understand what He was telling them, doesn’t make this news any less incredible:  Never again would His children need to journey the road alone!  

I can’t think of a better message, a better song, a better fireworks display than that!

 

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