“He who believes in me, as the Scripture said, from his inmost being, will flow rivers of endless water.”
I heard a small girl being interviewed once on the big stage after a fun-filled week at Vacation Bible School. She was nervous and timid. One of the things she said in response to a question about her week has resounded in my mind ever since.
“Jesus is like a lot of things.” She practically whispered into the microphone.
At first, I didn’t understand what she was saying, but the interviewer’s response, “You’re exactly right! Jesus is like a lot of things.” Clarified the conversation a bit.
My last blog, Bread of Life, jogged my memory about the shy little girl.
Jesus is like a lot of things.
This will be the second in a little blog series I’m working on for you. The first, compared Jesus to bread. This one will look into some of the ways He is like water.
I carry a water bottle everywhere.
In the dry climate of Colorado, it’s a necessity. My mom, who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s laughs at me. She says water bottles weren’t even invented until the 80’s or 90’s. She remembers a simpler life when people just went places and if they got thirsty while they were out, they found a fountain. I can’t imagine a life like that! I’m pretty sure my children and I would shrivel up and die if we had to brave Pueblo’s heat “unarmed”. A water bottle is a MUST. Hydration is a MUST.
Jesus thought water was important too. He refers to Himself as “water” many times in the Bible. In fact, his very first miracle was turning water into wine. Beth Moore, in her book Whispers of Hope, has this to say about that very first glimpse of the miraculous power of Jesus’ first display of the supernatural:
“Christ performed many miracles during the time He tabernacled among us in human flesh. His first miracle was most surely significant. I believe the miracle He performed in Cana, is still the most awesome wonder He performs for any willing seeker still chained to this earth: Christ fills vessels.”
Jesus Changes Water Into Wine
2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
He fills vessels.
Do you feel the weight of that truth? My water bottle, dragged around with me all over creation, is useless if it’s empty. It needs to be filled. How about you? Are you feeling empty? Useless? Dried up? Do you see yourself as a vessel that Jesus is willing and able to fill? Can you see yourself as empty without His refreshing, life-giving, quenching Spirit to fill you? He wants to fill you up.
Water cleanses us.
One of my favorite times with my little babies, was bathing them. Sitting them in their tub, making sure the room wasn’t chilly. Washing them gently with a soft washcloth. It’s a soothing process. Water cleanses us. We are filthy sinners in the presence of a holy God. We have to be cleaned spiritually. Jesus is the only way we are washed spiritually. It’s by His blood that we are made clean. When He shed His blood, He created a way to actually clean us up and make us worthy to be in the presence of God the Father.
Water sustains us.
The web site livescience.com, states that a person can live “3 days without water, and three weeks without food”. It goes on to say that some have made it up to eight or ten days without water, but the three day rule is pretty accurate. Jesus spoke of His water in John 14:4,
“But those who drink the water I give will never go thirsty. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Water is essential to physical life as it takes oxygen and nutrients to all the cells. Water flushes out toxins and helps us digest food. Jesus is pretty clear. Everyone knows we will physically die without water. And Jesus said we will spiritually die without Him.
It’s hot this summer.
I’m ready to get filled up.
I’m ready to be clean.
I want to feel refreshed as He continues to fill me. Let’s all tuck Him under our arm like my trusty water bottle! Let’s keep Him with us so that at a moment’s notice, we can be refreshed, filled, and renewed by the Water of Life.
Writing in answer to His call, Hosanna Barton