John chapter seven and verse thirty seven. In the last day that great day of the feast Jesus stood and cried saying, if any man thirst let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly, that literally means, out of his inner most being, shall flow rivers of living water. But this speak he of the spirit which they which believe on him shall receive. For the holy ghost was not yet given because that Jesus was not yet glorified. Now, my dear friends, I want to talk to you about the life that overflows, the overflowing life, or if you will, the abundant life. I want you to get the background for this passage of scripture. The time is the feast of the tabernacles and the feast of the tabernacles had a climatic ceremony. The high priest would go to the pool of Salom, he would fill a golden pitcher with water and then he would carry that pitcher back to the temple and pour that water out at the alter. There would be a procession following him. There would be music and dancing and praising and hosannas, there would be a time of ecstasy and joy and religious fervor and uh, the people would sing with joy shall ye draw waters from the wells of salvation. It was the highlight, it was the epitome of the feast. Now, the bible says that Jesus was there that day and all of that pictured him. Jesus is that well of salvation. Jesus really is the water of life. It was all a symbol of Jesus. It was all a picture of Jesus. It was all a prophesy of Jesus, but the people didn't understand that. They were going through the ceremony, they were going through the routine, they were going through the ritual, but they didn't really understand it was all about the Lord Jesus and Jesus knew that this same crowd that was leaping and dancing and shouting and praising, the next day would go back to the same old fears, that same old failures, the same old faults, their same old foibles, he knew that they would go back ...
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