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Jesus, The One Who Satisfies


If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink.

John 7:37b

Whosoever drinks of the water I give him will never thirst; but the water I give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 4:14

The word translated thirst in this verse is defined as “to painfully feel the want of and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened.” Hudson Taylor defined it as, “any unsatisfied need.”

We experience many thirsts in this life, whether mind thirsts, heart thirsts, soul thirsts, or body thirsts.

The children of Israel wandering in the desert complained about their thirstiness, and the Lord provided water out of a rock. It is described as “coming forth abundantly.” (Numbers 20:11) Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines abundant as: “Plentiful; fully sufficient; overflowing.” This abundant, life-giving water prevented them from dying. However, like the tabernacle, this was only a shadow of what was to come.

Jesus is our Spiritual Rock. (1 Corinthians 10:4)

He declares that He has come, so that we might have abundant life. (John 10:10) When Jesus was crucified living water came flowing from His pierced side. How can the living water that flows from the crucified Christ be any less abundant than that which flowed from the rock in the desert

He has given us the water of life, abundant, and overflowing. It is the only solution to our thirst, if we will only come to Him and drink.

The word “drink” in this verse is in the present tense, which means whenever it is now we are to be drinking. It is a continuous action.

In Hudson Taylor’s words: “Not come and take a hasty draught; not, come slightly alleviate, or for a short time remove one’s thirst. No! “Drink, or “be drinking constantly, habitually. The cause of thirst may without a remedy. One coming may refresh and comfort: but we are to be ever coming, ever drinking. No fear of emptying the fountain or exhausting the river! … No matter how intricate my path, how difficult my service; no matter how sad my bereavement, how far away my loved ones; no matter how helpless I am, how deep are my soul yearnings- Jesus can meet all, all.”

Even in the most desolate of situations and the most desperate thirst His abundant living water is available. (Isaiah 35:6-7)

He satisfies every thirst.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless, satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings, meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings: Thine is love indeed!

Jesus, I am Resting, Resting