May 19, 2002

John 7:37-39

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.)

<The Message>


1. I have been heard to exclaim at the urinal, "Ahh, it is good going in, it is good going out."

Come, drink! Go, brim over!

This is the movement of life, just like breathing.

2. What does it mean that the Spirit had not yet been given. Are we getting back into the old argument about whether the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son? Some of us see the Spirit at work all through things and not just a post crucifixion experience. How do you see or not see a pre-glorification Spirit?

3. Will we be bold enough to say "Come"? Will we be humble enough to allow a river to run through us?

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