Jn.7:37-39 – “Then on the most important day of the feast, the last day, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds—’All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!’ Jesus was prophesying about the Holy Spirit that believers were being prepared to receive. But the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out upon them, because Jesus had not yet been unveiled in his full splendor.”
This story unfolded on the Jewish festival season of Feast of Tabernacles. It was one of the three great Jewish feasts (the other two Passover and Pentecost) and the only one that has yet to be completely fulfilled in the New Testament era. Of course, Passover was fulfilled by the death of Christ- our Passover Lamb and Pentecost was fulfilled at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Tabernacles is a very interesting festival with two names. It is called Ingathering and Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus was focused on the celebration and joy of this festival. Nehemiah actually “required joy” for this celebration and said “the joy of the Lord is my strength”. Here are some comments from Brian Simmons on this passage:
“When man’s feasting is over there is still thirst. Jesus comes at the last day of the feast to satisfy the thirst of those who seek God. Only the Lord Jesus can quench the spiritual thirst of men by giving them his living water. This splendor (spoken of in this verse) included the splendor of the cross, the splendor of his resurrection, and the glory of his ascension into heaven. Just as water poured out of the rock that was struck by Moses, so from the wounded side of Jesus living water poured out to heal, save, and bring life to everyone who believes. The Holy Spirit poured out of Christ and into the church at Pentecost.”
We are possibly living in the beginning of the fulfillment of this feast. The harvest is being prepared, the trumpet is about to blow, and the celebration of joy will soon be in full swing. What is the qualification to be included in all of these festivities? It’s simple. Jesus said it, “If anyone is thirsty come to Me and drink”.