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Today, Ryle brings forth another verse that we will examine and learn from. He provides for us John 7:37-38, in which it says,
“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. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
In this very verse, Jesus speaks about a different type of “thirst”. As a Sunday school teacher, I remember doing a sermon about this to the youth. However, they were unable to understand what Jesus meant by being “thirsty”. Their idea of being “thirsty” was only in the context of feeling the need to drink a liquid. So today, we will discover what Jesus meant by a person being thirsty, what can be done about this thirst and what comes from this thirst being relieved. Ryle categorizes it as a “case supposed”, “remedy proposed” and “promise held out”.
First, we will examine the “case supposed”, which is when Jesus says “If any man thirst”. Physical thirst, what my students on Sunday knew, is a feeling that Ryle says is “the most painful sensation to which the frame of mortal man is liable”. For people that have being in extreme conditions and had to go without water, surely knows how terrible and painful being thirsty is like. The Bible gives us a vivid description of being thirsty in the parable when the rich man says “Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame” (Luke 16:24). Ryle asks “But if bodily thirst is so painful, how much more painful is thirst of soul?” Now what Ryle meant by the “thirst of soul” is perhaps what the Jewish people felt when Peter preached in Acts 2:37. It says that “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Another example is when the Philippian jailor felt when he fell down before Paul and Silas and asked “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:29-30). This is the type of thirst that many believers feel when their consciousness is awaken from the “spiritual danger”. When we understand “what poor, weak, unstable, defective creature we all are, and how unfit to meet God”, we should surely “thirst” for a “sense of peace with the living God”. Those that believe that they are good and their soul has hope, will never make steps towards heaven. You must feel bad about yourself and know who you really are, in order to turn towards God.
Secondly, we will examine the “remedy proposed” to the case above in which Jesus says “let him come unto Me, and drink”. While what Jesus says is simple, there are things that we can learn from it. Jesus has also said multiple times different variations of the same meaning. For instance, He said “I am the Bread of Life; he that cometh to Me shall never hunger;”, “I am the Door; by Me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved” and “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me”. Jesus is the living water for our thirst and He’s done so in spite of His own pain. It was Jesus that had to suffer and bear our sin onto his own body and then die on that cross. Therefore, those that want relief for their thirst must come to “Christ Himself”. It isn’t just about coming to church and being around churchgoers, “he must go higher, further” and have “personal dealings with Christ Himself”. We must deal directly with Christ. If we come to Christ, it isn’t enough to just “wish, and talk, and mean, and intend, and resolve, and hope”. Ryle tells us that we must “arise and come!”. We must not only realize we have to come towards Jesus but come to “Christ” as our “physician”. Those that wonder what the requirements are to come to Christ, Ryle teaches us today that “simple faith” is the only thing that is asked of us. John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. Also in Romans 4:5 says “However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness”. While this remedy may seem simple, it is the only remedy for our spiritual disease.
Lastly, we will examine “the promise held out” when Jesus says “He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”.
• When Jesus says this He means anyone that comes to Him by faith will “receive an abundant supply of everything that he can desire for the relief of his own soul’s wants”. The Holy Spirit will show him a “sense of pardon, peace and hope”. He will feel satisfied with the “things of Christ”.
• Lastly, those that come to Christ will also “become a source of blessing to the souls of others”. Those that truly have the Holy Spirit in them, will also impact those around them. If one has the “rivers of living water”, what they do in this life will “flow into the hearts of their fellowmen”. Some who have the “rivers of living water” are inspirational when they die. Ryle says “their courage in facing the king of terrors, their boldness in the most painful sufferings, their unswerving faithfulness to Christ’s truth even at the stake”. Some who have the “rivers of living water” encourage those through their books and writings. Lastly, those that have the “rivers of living water” may show it in their daily conduct and behavior. The fruits of the Holy Spirit like temperance, patience and kindness leave many to possibly turn to God.
So, I must ask you guys today “Are you thirsty? Do you have spiritual thirst?” Then turn to Christ today, because He is able to offer you water that will never make you thirsty again. Let us remember, that “any man” can come to Him, now matter how low or poor. There is no sin that Jesus Christ’s blood cannot cleanse. Let us not wait for anyone but realize our spiritual danger, and like the Phillipian jailor ask “what must I do to be saved?” Let us turn to Christ and not only relieve our thirst, but inspire those around us to do the same.
1) What does Jesus mean when He says “If any man thirsts”?
2) What is the remedy for a person that thirsts?
3) What does Ryle mean when he says if we want to relieve our thirst we must come to “Christ Himself”?
4) What does the “rivers of living water” mean?
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