“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37 NASB).
Jesus spoke these words on an October day in a crowded Jerusalem. People had packed the streets for the Feast of Tabernacles, an annual reenactment of the rock-giving-water miracle of Moses. “If anyone is thirsty.” Skin color does not matter. Income level is of no importance. There is only one qualification. “If anyone is thirsty.” All that is needed is an admission of thirst.
Who fails to meet this criterion? We are thirsty—thirsty to be happy, thirsty to have meaning, thirsty for answers and strength. Thirsty. Jesus was speaking in the midst of an extremely religious moment. Even so he invited, “Come to me!” Spiritual thirst is quenched only by Christ himself.