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Rivers of Living Water (13 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
As you are turning to John chapter 7, I have a question for you: Are you thirsty for God these days? Are you thirsty for the things of God these days? Is there within you a longing, a thirsting to know God and walk with God and serve God?
Well, it's from this 7th chapter of John that we're going to hear Jesus say in verses 37-38, ''If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me , as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.''
Now that raises at least three questions! Question number one: What are the ''rivers of living water?'' Question number two: Can we experience this living water? And Question number three: How can we experience this living water?
Now Jesus has already talked about water back in chapter 4 to the woman at the well! John 4.13-14 to the woman at the well, ''Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.''
So is this ''fountain of water'' in John 4 the same as the ''rivers of living water'' in John 7? Well, in our time together this morning … we are not only going to learn the difference, we are going to discover how to live the difference.
Learn this: the ''fountain of water'' in John 4 speaks of the saving presence of Jesus, but the ''rivers of living water'' in John 7 speaks of the sustaining power of Jesus!
The ''fountain of water'' in John 4 pointed to the Passover celebration for Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5.7, ''For indeed, Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.'' The ''rivers of living water'' in John 7 pointed to the Pentecost celebration when the Holy Spirit came and came to stay! The Saving presence of God takes place through His Son. And the Sustaining power of God takes place throu ...
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