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During the festival of shelters, each day the priest would carry water up from the pool of Siloam. There are the steps that go from the pool, all the way up to the gate of the temple and the bronze altar. And each day the priest would carry a jar of water, a gold jar of water, mix it with wine, and pour it out on the altar, and it would flow down the steps. The seventh and final day was the climax of the whole festival. This act of pouring out the water was a symbol of the Messianic age when the Messiah would come and would pour out His Spirit upon all people. This is what Isaiah 44 :3 says, For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on all your descendants and my blessing on your children.
The act of the priest pouring up the water on the steps each day for seven successive days was a picture of the promise of Scripture that the Messiah would come and pour out His Spirit upon all. Jesus uses this moment to stand there on the steps and shout to the crowd, that he is the Messiah. He is the one this whole ceremony is about his all picturing him and what he would do what he would offer the world. He says in effect, if you believe that he is what the Scriptures are all about, you will discover that you are what he is all about. And not just you. But every human being who's ever lived. And rivers of living water will pour from you out into this world, giving life and hope and bearing much fruit.
Jesus has no interest in being famous, like his brothers are goading him to his interest was in what his father had asked him to do, to go, to seek to save to be lifted up and draw everyone to himself, to invite humanity into the relationship that he shares with the Father in the Spirit. And here he declares that he is the source of that living water. So let's come to him to the source of our life, that is abundant and free. And that's a prayer that I have for my own soul. That's the prayer that I have for my family for my wife, my daughter's my son. And that's the prayer that I have for you may be so
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