John 7:37 – “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.'”
I realized several days ago that it was actually the last day of the feast of Tabernacles. Of course, thinking about that made me remember this famous statement that Jesus made on “the last day of the feast”. He was observing the priests pour out the pitchers of water in the temple and hearing them sing from Isaiah about the joy of salvation. Apparently, He couldn’t contain Himself like Jeremiah who said the word was like fire shut up in his bones. Jesus began to cry out “If anyone is thirsty let Him come to Me and drink”. The symbolism of the gift He came to offer was simply overwhelming. Here is how Barclay describes this scene:
“Each day of the festival, the people came with their palms and their willows to the Temple; with them they formed a kind of screen or roof and marched round the great altar. At the same time, a priest took a golden pitcher which held about two pints – and went down to the Pool of Siloam and filled it with water. It was carried back through the Water Gate while the people recited Isaiah 12:3: ‘With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.’ ….The water was carried up to the Temple altar and poured out as an offering to God. The whole dramatic ceremony was a vivid thanksgiving for God’s good gift of water and an acted prayer for rain, and a memory of the water which sprang from the rock when they travelled through the wilderness. On the last day, the ceremony was doubly impressive, for they marched seven times round the altar in memory of the sevenfold circuit round the walls of Jericho, whereby the walls fell down and the city was taken.”
Today we are living in the time of the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles. It was also called Ingathering. We are in the days of the last harvest and the outpouring of the waters of joy. If you are thirsty you can come and drink, again and again, from the wells of salvation. These waters become like a fountain inside of us, sustaining us and overflowing in streams of ministry and blessing.