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

Rev. Hernandes Dias Lopes grew up in a Christian home in Brazil. Following his 1981 graduation from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Campinas, Brazil, he served two congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In 2000, he earned a doctor of ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Rev. Lopes has been the voice of the television program Verdade e Vida (“Truth and Life”) since 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Portuguese ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International. Rev. Lopes and his wife, Tinha, have two college-age children.

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