Have you ever been really thirsty? Maybe you were hiking and finished all your water. Maybe it was a really hot day and you were just unprepared. Or if you’re like me, maybe you woke up in the middle of the night so thirsty but were just too lazy to get up and then fell back to sleep…
Today is Hoshana Rabbah, which means the great saving. It is the last day of Sukkot, and when something’s the last day, you know it’s probably going to get a little crazy.
During the time of Y’shua, when the Temple was still around, during each day of Sukkot the priests would bring giant golden pitchers of water through Jersusalem and into the Temple. They would recite Isaiah 12:3, which says, “With joy you will drink from the wells of salvation.” The water symbolized salvation. However, on the last day, Hoshana Rabbah, they would bring empty pitchers, because the promise was not fulfilled yet. They did not have salvation (the water of life) yet, and they knew it. But they were hopeful that one day it would come.
In the middle of this ceremony, on Hoshana Rabbah, Y’shua stands up and shouts “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink!” (John 8:37-38) You can imagine the chaos this caused. Here, in the middle of a ceremony showing how the Jews have a hope of salvation, but it’s not here yet, is this guy who claims that he is the water of salvation. This guy is claiming that he is salavation, and if you believe in him you will have salvation.
Y’shua is our salvation, our savior. He rescues us from living in the wilderness. Imagine what would happen if there all the sudden there was water all over the Sahara Desert. Everything would be blooming and growing. That’s what it is like in our lives when we accept Y’shua as our salvation. Our lives go from being a desert to being a rainforest.