During this Holy Week, we enter into the heart of Jesus’ actions: obedience.
The work of new creation isn’t some “apocalyptic” event. It happens modestly, in the silence, in hidden places. But it happens through Spirit at work in those who believe.
The great sin of the people is forgetfulness. Time and again, the sin that drives the people into terrible things is forgetfulness. The people’s problem is not a lack of energy, it’s not a lack of willpower, and it’s not even that they don’t think these laws make sense. It’s forgetfulness; forgetfulness of the God who has been faithful to them.
It is beside our well, the well we have dug out in our desert, that the Lord waits for us. And it’s there—and only there—that the Lord offers us water that will quench our thirst forever, that will give us “eternal life,” the life of the age to come: the life that come through Jesus to us, the life we saw in his Transfiguration. That’s what we need. That’s what will quench the thirst you feel.