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08 June 2014

Sermon: Pentecost A (Gospel)

The Feast of Pentecost
8 June AD 2014

Title: Come to Me and Drink (MP3 Audio)

John 7:37-38 Summary: We believers are often eager to serve our Lord — at times, too eager. For instance, when Jesus speaks of “rivers of living waters” flowing forth from us, we sometimes think and act as if we generate these floods ourselves.

However, nothing good flows from us unless it first flows into us. At the Festival of Booths, Jesus echoed what He told the Samaritan woman at the well (cf. John 4:13-14). He is the source of the water of life, the One who quenches our spiritual thirst forevermore.

Yet we mustn’t ignore the waters that Christ intends to flow from us by the Spirit’s power. As His vessels, we carry Jesus’ grace and mercy into our vocations. There, He desires that His love for us would become also His love from us — unrestrained, unending love for our neighbor. We demonstrate this love both by meeting others’ physical and emotional needs and particularly by confessing Christ our Savior as given opportunity by neighbor and impetus by the Spirit.

We pray that neither selfishness nor fear would lead us to dam the stream and cheat our thirsting neighbors in their need.

Text: 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. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Come to Me and Drink.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 25:1-15; Numbers 11:24-30; Acts 2:1-21

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