Come to Me

 

“If anyone is thirsty,
 let him come to me and drink”
(John 7:37)

Reflection:
When humankind was expelled from the presence of God at the Fall they lost the fullness of Life itself. They have been thirsting after this ever since and seeking to satisfy it in a multitude of ways. It is only the Lord Jesus who can restore to us what was lost and satisfy the dreadful longing that lives within us.

  • “ I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10)
  • “I am .. the life” (John 14:6)
  • “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37)

 When Jesus met the woman at the well in Samaria He recognised in her a great and unquenched thirst – something that all her different relationships had not been able to satisfy.  He did not then add His judgement to her own and that of her society – He offered instead a lasting solution in the living water of new life in the Spirit.

  • “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14)

 People try to quench their thirst in many different ways as they seek to give expression and meaning to this great craving. They can strive for power, wealth and status but it is not enough. They crave satisfaction for their lusts but nothing lasts. Others withdraw into an inner darkness and weep out the pain of their terrible loneliness and failure from which they cannot seem to escape. Some flee the pain for short periods in substance abuse which makes them feel even worse. Others exist from day to day.

Yet still this voice echoes down through the ages – offering to quench our thirst and restore us to Life. As a fish lives in water so we can only truly live ‘in Christ’ – as our lives become a part of His.

“Come to Me” – not once but in every moment of our lives, in every situation, with every need and longing. “Come to Me” – not for what He can do but for who He is.  “Come to Me” – not to visit but to stay. “Come to Me” – not to beg but to ask. “Come to Me” – not to hope but to trust. “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

He is not a truth but a Person. He is not a concept but a reality. He is a beginning, and the end and every part of the journey. He is always and everywhere and everything. He is Love and Strength, Healing and Truth. And He is the most beautiful Life that it is possible to know.

Response:
The journey starts (again) now – reach out to Him.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus – I need You and I want You so much. Please pour Your Spirit into me and never stop. Please pour Your Love through Him without ceasing. Please help me to receive and to go on receiving forever. Amen.

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