Good Morning Everyone,

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. – Revelation 22:1-2

Years and years ago on my grandmother’s farm, there was a fresh water spring that bubbled up from the surrounding limestone.  I can remember that the water was always cold and always refreshing.  There was an old tin cup that hung from a nail on a nearby tree that we could use to dip into the water for a cool drink on a hot and humid day.  I can remember filling a canteen from the spring to take into the field for the day.  The water was so cold, during watermelon season my grandmother would float a watermelon in the little basin formed by the rocks to chill it before dinner.  During haying time, there’d be a six-pack of beer cooling there for when the day was finished.  I have a lot of great memories associated with that spring; sometimes I wonder if it’s still there?

The Bible talks a lot about another kind of living water, water that leads to eternal life, an eternal spring of life – 37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” – John 7:37-38

This living water, Jesus Christ, quenches our thirst, restores our soul, and forgives our sin.  Through his death and glorious resurrection, we have the promise of eternal life in Christ.

Jesus himself told this parable of the woman at the well – 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” – John 4:10-15.

Again and again in scripture we see the living water of Jesus.  Listen to the words of Isaiah 12 – You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

Praise God today for the living water that is Christ Jesus, your Savior, your Redeemer, your Lord.

22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. – Hebrews 10:22.

Today, as you consider God’s Word, as you believe in Christ Jesus, your Savior, your risen Lord, rejoice that you are at peace with God, that you are indeed, a redeemed child of God.

Prayer – Almighty God and Father, precious Lord and Savior, you give us the living water of Christ Jesus in whom we find forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice, that clothed in your righteousness we dare approach the throne of God. As we live our lives in you, we are eternally blessed and filled with the living water of your Word. We praise you, we thank you and we worship you. Amen and amen.

May God bless you richly as you dwell on his word.

In His Service,

Joel