The Water of Life

I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people. Isaiah 43:20

Jesus cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me.” John 7:37

Have you ever been really thirsty? Mouth dry. Lips cracked. Ready-to-jump-into-the-nearest-mud-puddle-and-drink-from-it-like-a-dog thirsty? I have. I was young and working outside on a hot summer day. I was so thirsty and hot that I drank my fill from a nearby hose then jumped into our motel’s newly-filled pool. The water was shockingly cold. I was given a summer cold of the worst kind from that bit of desperate hot thirst.

Jesus offers us living water. More that, Jesus promises not merely to quench the thirsty one’s thirst, he promises that those who believe in him will be a source of refreshing water to others.

“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” – John 7:38

During their sojourn in the wilderness God provided water for his people. One time Moses struck a rock and sweet, refreshing water flowed. Another time God sweetened bitter water by instructing Moses to throw a branch into the bitter water to make it sweet.

Isaiah’s prophecy isn’t merely a recalling of those halcyon days of Moses, but looking forward to a new provision of God: the water of life (John 4). God’s gift to us is the refreshing water of life.

We cannot help but think of baptism in connection with this talk of water. Baptism is a washing of regeneration (Titus 3:5), a washing of water with the word (Ephesians 5:26). Baptism connects us with Jesus’ death and resurrection (Romans 6:1-4).

We think little of going to the faucet to get a drink; unless we go to a reverse osmosis spigot, or a designer water bottle in our refrigerator. May we not think little of the waters of baptism by which we are called to serve the King of Kings, and represent him to a world that is so thirsty it is lapping up the most rancid and caustic water-substitute so really available at every turn.

1 comment
  1. I feel excited when your photo connects for me to the scriptures and your words.
    So, why DO they (the ducks) swim right out to the middle where the deep waters flow? It is where their God-given DNA tells them to go! And so they swim, they dive, are fed, are washed, are strengthened and find safety all away from the familiar shore. The parents coax and prod (literally pushing) their brood to follow them into this water. They do not ask them if they WANT to go or are ready and willing. (similar to some present-day parenting styles) They do what is best for them by taking them into the deep water which may seem uncertain to them. Deep calls to deep (Psalm 42:7) so, Yes, as the waterfalls wash over, as the waters of baptism have cleansed, of rivers of living water have fed, as communion with Him brings life, Jesus is the Life and He is the Word which brings life! So, I will be bold to ask this here in public, “Where is my(your) God-given DNA telling me (you) to go? I guess I should listen for Him and then listen, TO HIM!

    Forgive me for “blogging” on your blog – I was excited over all the connection! Going into “deep water” feels scary and exposing to me, but knowing that it is truly God’s way of stretching and forming us into who HE wants us to be is comforting, challenging and exciting all at the same time.

    Loved this post! God bless your day!

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