Emanna for 10/18/2018
Rivers of Living Water
John 7:37-39 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. (38) He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. (39) But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
Words of Ministry
In the Gospel of John, at the end of the greatest religious
festival of that day, Christ stood up and said that if any
man was thirsty, he could come to Him and drink. In saying
this, Christ was speaking about the Spirit. It is strange
that the people could still be thirsty at the end of a great
religious festival. But the truth is that no outward
religious observances can satisfy a man's inner thirst. The
more we observe religious practices, the more we will be
thirsty. What we need is a drink of the living water. Here
the Spirit is likened to "rivers of living water." This
living water was not there at the time Christ spoke these
words, because He had not been processed through His death
. But after His death and resurrection, the process was completed, and today the Spirit as the living water is here. In other words, He has passed through the process of becoming a man, living a human life, dying on the cross, and resurrecting to become the life- giving Spirit. Now we do not need to sweat and struggle to reach Him; He has become so enjoyable and accessible to us. Now we can freely drink of the Spirit. This living water fully quenches our inner thirst.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from "Christ is Spirit and Life" pp. 7- 9. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA (Repeat 11/28/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.