DEVOTIONAL – DEC 9
Leslie M. John
”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 shall flow rivers of living water”. (John 7:37-38)
Truly the Scripture has said it so in the Old Testament in Isaiah 58:11 (cf. Isaiah 41:17-18, Isaiah 44:3-4, Joel 3:18)
“And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not” (Isaiah 58:11)
It is about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on those who are thirsty for Him. Without the Spirit of God man can not be successful in anything. All things are possible with him and those who depend upon will be successful in their lives. Jesus said he will give his peace to us.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27)
Jesus also promised before his crucifixion that he will send the Promise of the Father (Luke 24:49). As Jesus promised Holy Spirit came upon his disciples who were waiting for Him. Later, as Jesus told them they proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ, first in Jerusalem, next in Judea and Samaria and then to the uttermost part of the earth. All those whose sins are forgiven are baptized in the Holy Spirit and Holy Spirit indwells them from the moment they are saved.
God’s desire always has been that man may remember his works, his love towards man. That is why he became one like us and dwelt among us. He will not tolerate any body worshipping idols. God remembered Israelites who were willing to come to him after hearing the warnings. God chastised the children of Israel several times for worshipping idols and committing sins, yet he was kind to them. He called them “My people”.
Jesus came into this world to save sinners. Whoever believes in him will have everlasting life. This is the promise of God.
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD”. (Leviticus 23:33-34)
The LORD said to the children of Israel to celebrate the ‘feast of tabernacles’ to remember the LORD’s compassion, his protection and his provision to the children of Israel. The LORD said to them that they should dwell in booths during this period of the festival. This festival is celebrated that they and their children may recollect how God redeemed them from the bondage of slavery with his mighty hand and led them through the wilderness for forty years providing them food, clothing and shelter. Not only he provided them their needs but God came and dwelt among them.
The children of Israel were asked to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD and they were not supposed to do any servile work therein. (Leviticus 23:33-42).Israelites celebrated this festival and they still celebrate. This festival will also be celebrated in the Kingdom of heaven during millennium by all those who enter the thousand-year-reign.
As for New Testament believers a similar sacrament is given to remember Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and that is the “Lord’s Supper”. Jesus redeemed us from the bondage of sin. Jesus accepted worship and he also said He and the Father are one.
“And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest” Matthew 21:9
One of the best of ways of honoring is to remember him, his death, burial and resurrection besides working for him to the best of one’s capability.
”For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come”. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26