FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
“In speaking of a new covenant, He makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”
Hebrews 8:13 ESV
A NEW PERSPECTIVE
A man was walking through the desert, desperate for water, when he saw something, far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he walked towards the image, only to find a vendor sitting at a card table with a bunch of ties laid out on it. The man asked the vendor “Please, I’m dying of thirst, can I have some water?” The vendor replied “I don’t have any water, but why don’t you buy a tie? Here’s one that goes nicely with your clothes.” The man replied, “I don’t want a tie, I need water.” “OK, don’t buy a tie. But to show you what a nice guy I am, I’ll tell you that over that hill there, about four miles, is a nice restaurant. Walk that way, they’ll give you all the water you want.”
The man thanked him and walked away towards the hill and eventually disappeared. Three hours later the man came crawling back to where the vendor was sitting behind his card table. The vendor said “I told you, about four miles over that hill. Couldn’t you find it?” The man rasped, “I found it all right. But they wouldn’t let me in without a tie.”
Ultimately, we are all thirsty and looking for what only God can provide. Both the old covenant and the new covenant were pointing us to Jesus. We learned this past Sunday: Before Jesus, under the old covenant, they looked forward and trusted that God would someday pay for their sin debt in full. After Jesus, under the new covenant, we look back and trust in what God did to pay for our sin debt in full through Jesus’ perfect sacrifice.
The one we’ve always needed for our spiritual thirst is Jesus. In John 7:37-38, “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.’” What do you thirst for today? What are your greatest needs? Take some time in prayer, look to Jesus and share those needs with Him and ask Him how He wants to satisfy those needs.