Our verse today, is one that expresses the heart of God for us.
Having just finished a week of corporate prayer with our foundation to be rich in Him, we were instructed from Luke's gospel to come, hear, and do. Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. It is in this simple invitation we discover the fullness of God’s heart for man.
This word cried is described as an onomatopoeia. An onomatopoeia is a word that phonetically imitates, resembles or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Some examples would be honk, beep, meow, bam, etc. You get the idea.
When it says Jesus cried, the Amplified translation reads, cried in a loud voice, I’m not just hearing a cry but something that comes from deep within His heart. I hear the intensity and passion of love calling a people to come to Him and find life. Oh that we could simply believe the heart of God is so rich and full of His desire for us to be whole. Ephesians reminds us that it is this great love that brings His rich mercy and kindness to us. He has come that we might have life and have it MORE ABUNDANTLY through his son and Jesus carries His very heart and cries, come to me.
Oh how He loves you and me. He simply but passionately cries. He offers and we must respond. Come to Him because we believe He is and He is a rewarder. Drink and be refreshed. Open our hearts and receive. Feed on Him and live. He fills and truly we become His source of living water that flows with His love and life to all.
We choose so many other things endeavoring to satisfy our thirst; yet He alone can satisfy our soul. As we come to Him, we enter into His rest and He restores our soul. He is the Good Shepherd who is calling this very day and if we come, we shall not want.
Jesus continues to cry ~ “If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink.”
PS ~ The following is an interesting link that provides some historical information for those of you who would like to know more about the Feast of tabernacles: