“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink”
We’ve seen it so often in our study of John’s Gospel that I hope it’s begun to jump off the page at you as you read. Jesus is constantly inviting us to come to him for what we need. He doesn’t call us to come to him to get something else from him. He calls us to come to him for himself! Here he says, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” Notice that! He does not say, “Come to me and I’ll show you were you can find something to drink.” He says “Come to me and drink. Come to me and you’ll find that I am the source of all you need to drink and be satisfied.” (As he’ll go on to show in v 38).
You may remember that he said something very similar back in John 6, that time speaking of bread. John 6:51, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” Or again in John 6:54-55, he says “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” It is in “feeding on him” that we find all the life we need!
The point in these passages, and many others we will see as we continue in John, is that our need is not to get something from Jesus. Our need is to come to Jesus and find all we need in him. He doesn’t just give salvation, He is our salvation (Ps 27:1). He doesn’t just give righteousness, he is the righteousness we need – as well as our sanctification, wisdom and redemption (1 Cor 1:30). He doesn’t just show the way, tell the truth, or give us life, He is “the way, the truth and the life” that brings us to God (John 14:6). It is in coming to Him that we find all these things and they become ours. Because all the riches, all the gifts we ever need are found in Christ Himself. He is all we need and more!
I pray you will find all you need in Him today!