If you have been around the Church for any amount of time you have probably heard that Jesus is our source of living water.
Have you ever wondered what that means?
We all need water to live, but what is living water?
In John 7:37-38 it was the last day of the Feast of Booths and Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
In his commentary on John 7, Matthew Henry explains:
“Living water, running water, which the Hebrew language calls living, because still in motion. The graces and comforts of the Spirit are compared to living (meaning running) water, because they are the active quickening principles of spiritual life, and the earnests and beginnings of eternal life…Rivers of living water, denoting both plenty and constancy. The comfort flows in both plentifully and constantly as a river; strong as a stream to bear down the oppositions of doubts and fears. There is a fullness in Christ of grace for grace.”
Through Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit, which is our living water because the Spirit is constant and plentiful. The Holy Spirit will quench our spiritual thirst and provide us with a constant source of life, grace, and sustenance, because similar to our physical needs, if we do not drink water we cannot live.
In John 7:32-52, Jesus’s message to the people gathered around the temple at the end of the Feast of Booths was very timely. Each day during the feast, water was poured out in the temple in remembrance of God’s faithfulness and provision in the wilderness when he provided water for the thirsty Israelites through a rock (Exodus 17:1-7).
Now God was providing something better: living water.
God provides for our physical needs, but more importantly, he gives us his Holy Spirit, through Jesus, as living water to quench our spiritual thirst and give us life.