Dear Fellow Disciple-Maker,
Another year is here and the spiritual needs of ordinary people remain the same. The good news is that Jesus continues to pursue us and invite us to come to Him. At the beginning of this new year, take time to listen to the words of Jesus recorded in the gospel of John: On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink" (John 7:37).
People are Thirsty
This invitation assumes that all people have souls that are thirsty. Furthermore, Jesus implies that He is the only one who can quench our deepest longings. What a gracious invitation this is. Regardless of our current condition or response during the previous year, the invitation is a free and genuine offer to all who will hear and respond.
Jesus is the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever.
He is always pleading for us to come to Him. His invitation is filled with compassion and pity. He stood and cried out and His cry is like the cry of a mother for her child. It isn't only the loudness of His voice, but also the tenderness of His tone. He wants us to come and let Him meet our every need.
Anyone May Come
Our Lord's words are an open invitation for any man, woman and child. It is not grounded in our goodness or personal grit. His invitation is given freely without regard to our merit, Bible knowledge, or years of dedicated Christian service. "Drinking" represents a reception for which no moral goodness or perfection is required. Anyone can come and drink because the sinfulness of the person coming is not the issue.
The Great Invitation
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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