In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. -John 7:37
Knowing the inner workings of man, the Master touched the essential issue. Mankind is chasing after many worthless things in pursuit of fulfilling a fundamental need. He is after something, but what is that thing? In John 7:37, the Lord reveals to mankind that he is athirst, and that the only way to satiate that thirst, is to come to the son of man and drink.
As we can see in our modern world, this very thirst has ravaged our bank accounts, decimated our families, and created perpetual warfare. The deep search for God within each man is wrongly interpreted and has led us to sexual immorality, lust for power, and an inane struggle for riches. Yet, each time our soul returns from these ventures crying “I am yet unfulfilled.”
The Lord of Lords, the Father God in his incarnation as Jesus of Nazareth says come, drink of the water of Life freely. The Lord knows the great struggle of mankind: the struggle to fit in, the struggle to find peace, really, the struggle to find God. Though we may never have known it, or put our fingers on it, we are each searching for a way back home. And as we interpret and reinterpret our longings, we will eventually see that the longing was the very Thirst that the master was referring to, and the drink is and always will be a deep personal relationship with God.
Jesus of Narazeth came to show us the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Like the prodigal son each and everyone of us must trace our steps back. We have eaten off the pods of pigs for far too long and the inevitable conclusion is that we have sinned against heaven. But the Master says COME, surrender your ways and drink of the water of Life freely.