Friday, August 12, 2016

Water

Water is necessary for life. Survivalists tell us that we can live for 30 days without food, but less that a week without water. Water is essential because it is our primary element, nearly 75%.  We dehydrate and die without it. That is not a beautiful physical death. However, not having the “living water” that Christ gives us is the cause of a spiritual death. This death is much worse. Really you might say? Physical death brings us to eternal life, but which one?  If we have the Son we have life, if we do not have the Son we do not have eternal life” (1 John 5:12).

Many readers know the story of the woman at the well in Samaria. Jesus asks a woman for a drink, who was not very secure about that. Jesus said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water…Whoever drinks this water will never thirst again” (John 4:10,13).  What is Jesus saying? He is saying that water represents life eternal in Jesus Christ. That means that the water of life is believing in God through Him. This decision is the most important one in life, because to not make it means death.

Isaiah the Prophet told us many things about the soon and coming King, Jesus the Messiah. He said, “They shall neither hunger nor thirst, neither heat nor sun shall strike them; for He who has mercy on them will lead them. Even by the springs of water He will guide them…Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…hear and your soul shall live” (Isaiah 49:10, 55:1,3).   This same Jesus in the Gospel of John says, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).  Jesus repeats this admonition again in Revelation 22:12.  Jesus is talking about faith bringing life and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God. The reference to spring of living water speaks of the Spirit power within. This is a “fountain” spring up, our cup overflowing as David states in Psalm 23. This is a transformative experience to new life. This is a conversion by immersion in living waters. This reference is to the baptism by the Spirit, as we trust in Jesus.  Jesus is the water and our water immersion baptism is the proclamation of our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Have you been given and drank the water of life?  Have you been cleansed by the waters of purification. Ezekiel 35 speaks of being sprinkled and cleaned by water, cleansed of all impurities. “On that day I will cleanse you from all your sins” (Ezekiel 36:33). This is the cleansing Jesus tells Nicodemus, the Sanhedrin leader, in John 3, being born again by the water and the blood of Jesus sacrifice.


“Come and drink, all who are thirsty.”

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