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Festival Of Pentecost
1) It is free in Jesus--Ps 36:8-9, 42:2, 63:1, 143:6; John 4:10, 6:35
2) It gives life--1 Cor 10:3-4, 12:13; Eph 5:18
3) It flows from you to share life--Prov 10:11, 18:4; Isa 12:3-5, 44:3, 58:11; Joel 2:28; Luke 3:16; John 4:14, 14:16ff, Acts 1:4-8; Eph 1:13-14, 4:30-32
Charles H. Spurgeon:
Provision is made most plenteously; all is provided that man can need to quench his soul’s thirst. To his conscience the atonement brings peace; to his understanding the gospel brings the richest instruction; to his heart the person of Jesus is the noblest object of affection; to the whole man the truth as it is in Jesus supplies the purest water. Thirst is terrible, but Jesus can remove it. Though the soul were utterly famished, Jesus can restore it.
Every thirsty one is welcome. No other distinction is made but that of thirst. It is not goodness in the creature which brings him the invitation; the Lord Jesus sends it freely, and without respect of persons.
The sinner must come to a personal Redeemer, who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree. The bleeding, dying, rising Savior, is the only star of hope to a sinner. Oh, for grace to come now and drink...
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Object: bottle of water
I have something in my bag here that you would not have been able to sell when I was your age. Nobody would have paid good money for what I have in this bag. Give up?
It’s a bottle of water. You can buy one of these just about anywhere. It’s better, I know, than drinking all that sugar in a can like this (Pepsi). Today Jesus tells us that the kind of water He gives is free and that He wants us to share it for free. Jesus said: "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink."
People buy water bottles like this to have it handy when they’re on a long walk or on a bike ride. Most of us don’t drink enough water. You can’t live without water.
It’s not just our bodies that get thirsty. Our souls get thirsty too. And Jesus is the water for that thirst. It’s hard to explain this, especially if you’re as young as you are, but we need to know that God loves us--and that’s like being thirsty for cold water. We need to know that we are important and that God has a purpose for our lives--that He wants to use us for something important.
And here’s where the water comes in again. Jesus says that He will help us when we’re thirsty in our hearts. But He goes farther than that. He gives us so much more of this "Jesus water" than we will ever need for ourselves. He gives us more so that we can share it. (Show another water bottle from the bag.)
Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. When we share this water from Jesus, the Holy Spirit is right there with us. This living water satisfies us inside the way water quenches your thirst. You have more than enough for yourself; now share it! Jesus said: (John 7:38) "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39) By this he meant the Spirit...
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