Acts 2:1-4 (The Message)

When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

John 7:37-39 (The Message)

On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” (He said this in regard to the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were about to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.)

Ephesians 5:18 (The Message)

Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him.

Here we have Jesus speaking publicly in the temple on the most crowded day of the most popular feast of Israel. Jesus has taken a very direct and public stand. He calls the assembled body of Israel to come and follow him.

There is no wishy-washiness here. He issues the call:

Are you thirsty? Come and Drink!

Do you desire satisfaction? Come and Drink!

Are you burdened by the bad things you’ve done? Come and Drink!

Are you weighed down by the struggles of life? Come and Drink!

Jesus calls and leaves us to consider our response. 

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