“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from Davidʼs descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.”
So the festival continues that Jesus had been attending, teaching at and debating with the religous leaders. Its now the last day of the festival, at the most solemn moment when a preist would draw water from the pool of Siloam in a golden vessel, then pour it out on the western side of the altar of burnt-offering; while another priest poured a drink-offering (religionfacts.com). The water was called “Living Water” and it is at this point, a moment when you could hear a pin drop, Jesus shouts out ,
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (vs 37-38)
John, the writer and wise commentator, interprets for his readers what Jesus has just said. He writes, “By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (vs 39)
According to John, Jesus spoke of the Abiding Holy Spirit, Who would be given as soon as Jesus died, rose from the dead and ascended back to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father. This happened 50 days
after Jesus died on the cross, on Passover eve, on another festival day called Penticost (Acts 2:1-13).
So how is Holy Spirit the Living Water that Jesus spoke of? Well, He comes to live in us upon salvation (Rom 8:9) and is God, in acessible form to us 24/7. He desires to fill us as much as we desire Him to be filled (Eph 5:8), and is Who Jesus desires to emmerse us into, for the purpose of what’s called “santification” or becoming steadily like Him (John 1:33). The Scriptures as a whole, repeated teach of Holy Spirit’s Presence and the Book of Acts, in particuar, sights repeated and specific instances of the Holy Spirit filling people for the purpose of doing extrodany things. He is a PRESENT AND STEADY FRESH FLOW of the ever-renewing Presence of God Himself!
So, in this story, the people didn’t know what to do with Jesus. Some argued that He was the Messiah, while others argued that He couldn’t have been, thinking that He was from Galilee, where He grew up, not realizing He was born in Bethlehem, sighting that the Messiah will come from Bethlehem, the City of David (vss 40-42). So as a result, the people were divided by there opinions of Him. Some wanted to kill Him, while others wanted to worship Him as King.
So 2 questions are at play here-1st, do you have the Living Water that Jesus spoke of? If not, ask Him to give that to you- simply acknowledge your lack and the sins and falures that separated you from Him. Embrace Jesus and ask Him to clean away your sins, come into your life and fill you with His Living Water-Holy Spirit today. Give your life to Him and allow Hime to take control of your life today. You will never lack for Life again! 2nd, Who do you say Jesus is? A religous founder? A Good Man? A Prophet? Do you know Him as your Messiah-Your Personal Savior.
Think about it!