Summary: “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” John 4:10.
Theme: The Living Water
Text: Ex. 17:3-7; Jn. 4:5-15
We are just about to enter the rainy season and many of us especially at the Covenant Presbyterian Church are worried because of the many flooding that we have experienced here. It’s simply not possible for it to rain and there be no effects from it. In a similar way it is not possible to have a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and remain the same. How can you encounter God and remain the same? Moses encountered God and stayed in His presence without food and water for forty day and forty nights. During that encounter God revealed His name to Moses as “I Am who I Am”. The revelation of God’s name was only fully revealed when Jesus referred to Himself with the words “I am the bread of life; I am the true vine; I am the door; I am the way, the truth, and the life; I am the resurrection and the life; I am the Good Shepherd; I am the Living Water”. The Living Water must be something very valuable indeed. We all know that normal water is essential for life. A human being can survive almost two months without food, but he cannot survive a week without water. Water withheld from a plant in rich soil will make the plant whither and die. It takes the water to make the nutrients of the soil available to the plant. Without water, fish die. Without water all living things will eventually die. Water is essential for human life. We know this because there are many people in our country without access to good drinking water and we know what they go through just to obtain a little water. Water was also a problem in Palestine around the time of Jesus. Because of the extremely dry conditions of the land of Palestine, water was a precious commodity, available in plentiful supply only during the rainy season of the year. During that time, the Hebrews would collect water in cisterns, large vats carved into the rocks, so that when the rainy season ended, they would still have water. Just as the physical body needs physical food and water to survive, so the spiritual body needs spiritual food and living water, a personal communion with the Lord. Failing to spend time with the Lord and doing things in our own strength will not only weaken us but eventually also result in our death. Without the living Water, without personal fellowship with the Lord, our soul can get no nourishment. It is only as we fellowship with the Lord that we can be changed into His likeness by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ offers us what we need - we need the Living Water.
The Living Water is a reference to the gift of Christ – the gift of the Holy Spirit. Receiving Jesus Christ into your life begins a new life – a saved life. Salvation is not something we do but something Jesus does when we receive Him. There is no way we can save ourselves. It is much the same as a drowning man trying to save himself. We need the help of someone else. This is what Jesus has done for us. He has rescued us from a life of sin and eternal damnation and brought us into God’s Kingdom of eternal life.