Living Water

December 8, 2008

Extraterrestrial water; science is bent on finding it and governments have spent billions on programs undertaking its exploration. Why? Because water is believed to be the prerequisite for life. Water is necessary to sustain life, without it we humans could not survive. But a glass of cool refreshing water can only sustain us for so long. Eventually we will need more water, then again and again; a cycle we will repeat throughout our lives.

Jesus, like all of us, experienced thirst. When He had journeyed to about the halfway point between Judea and Galilee, Jesus encountered a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. With His disciples having departed to town for food, Jesus asked the woman for a drink. The woman was astonished that a Jew would ask a Samaritan for water, but Jesus told her that if she knew the gift of God, and who it was that asked her, she would have asked Him for water and He would have given her living water. He told her something that was obvious, “Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again.” Then He said something astounding: “But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The prophet Ezekiel was given a vision from God of a river flowing from the temple. It flowed from the altar which represents Christ. (Rev. 22:1) He walked through the river at a thousand cubits beyond the east gate and the water was ankle deep. At another thousand cubits the river was knee deep; and another thousand the water was waist deep. Before long Ezekiel could not pass through the river without swimming. Eventually, Ezekiel was told, the river flows into the sea where it brings healing. He also saw trees that grew along side the river that, be virtue of drinking that healing water, produced fruit for the healing of the nations.

It is interesting to read of a river that increases as it propagates with no tributaries emptying in to it. But if, as Jesus said, those who receive from Him the living water, themselves become springs of living water, than indeed the river of life will grow deeper. And all who receive the water from Christ will live, as Ezekiel heard and recorded:

And it shall come to pass, that every thing that lives, which moves, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.” (Ezk. 47:9-10)

Follow me,” Jesus said to Peter and Andrew, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mat. 4:19)

The truly satisfying water is the living water freely given by Christ to all who are willing to receive it. It is the only water that once received will sustain life forever.
Governments will continue to spend and science will continue to search for water that gives temporal life, but may we who have received living water, spring forth and freely give as we have received.