December 11, 2011

Jesus, the Water of Life

John 4:1-26

“Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 4:14


Jesus was passing through a village in Samaria. In the agenda of heaven, he had an appointment with the woman he met at the well there. She had had five husbands. After going through five divorces, she was now living with a lover.

Jesus knew her background, and he asked her for some water from the well of Sychar. She answered bluntly, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”

Jesus said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” He went on, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

In this picture, physical water symbolizes the material things of this world that seem appealing but really don’t satisfy. We may sip it to the last drop, but the thirst of our soul is not quenched.

But Jesus fully satisfies. He is the water of life. If you drink this water, a fountain of eternal life will flow within you. If you are willing, come and drink, and your soul will be quenched and revived by his Spirit.

Dear Lord, may I always drink from the water of life. Keep me away from spiritual pollution and its temptations offered to me every day. Only you can fully satisfy my thirst. In Christ, Amen.

About the author — Hernandes Lopes

Hernandes became the Portuguese ministry leader for Today's sister Portuguese ministry in 2010. He also serves as the director of the organization Luz Para o Caminho (Light for the Way), an organization formed in partnership between ReFrame and the Presbyterian
Church of Brazil. Hernandes has authored more than 160 books and is a popular and respected conference speaker in Brazil. Hernandes graduated from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Brazil and earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in
Jackson, MS.

Hernandes and his wife, Tinha, have two adult children.

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