37On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!38Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ ”39(When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
40When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.”41Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others said, “But he can’t be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee?42For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.”43So the crowd was divided about him.44Some even wanted him arrested, but no one laid a hand on him.
45When the Temple guards returned without having arrested Jesus, the leading priests and Pharisees demanded, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”
46“We have never heard anyone speak like this!” the guards responded.
47“Have you been led astray, too?” the Pharisees mocked.48“Is there a single one of us rulers or Pharisees who believes in him?49This foolish crowd follows him, but they are ignorant of the law. God’s curse is on them!”
50Then Nicodemus, the leader who had met with Jesus earlier, spoke up.51“Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?” he asked.
52They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself—no prophet ever comes from Galilee!”
53Then the meeting broke up, and everybody went home.
When Jesus offers the Holy Spirit by quoting and Old Testament scripture, he is clearly making a claim to be the Messiah, which of course again led to a dispute. The Savior’s life was filled with confrontation. But in the midst of this notice that the “foolish crowd” found Jesus but only one of the Pharisees, Nicodemus, found him. We will not come to Jesus if we think too much of ourselves.
When we come to Jesus he promises to give us the Holy Spirit, living water. Water is a basic need of life. We can go without food for a long time, but only a few days without water. I spiritual life is the same. We need the Holy Spirit. The wonderful thing is that Jesus tells us when we are thirsty (recognizing our need for him) and come to him we will find “rivers” of this living water. We don’t just fine a little Holy Spirit. We don’t just get enough to get us by, we can literally jump in and be swimming in his Holy Spirit. What all too often happens is that we go to the river and drink from it using a thimble! Lets not do that. Lets jump in the river, the water is awesome!
Lord, I need you so bad. There is no life without you. Help me always be near you, near your rivers of living water, the Holy Spirit. Help me live a life that is overflowing with the Holy Spirit. Change me Holy Spirit, change me. *obbs*