[Jesus said,] “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.”
I’ve told this story before, but I’m telling it again because it fits so well.
It was in the upper 90’s when we started hiking to our remote campsite in the Idaho panhandle.
We had about a three-mile hike in front of us. We were about 3000 feet above sea level and the hike was through some beautiful meadows but also over some pretty steep hills.
I was carrying about 40 pounds in my backpack, as well as a gallon of water. I figured a gallon for a three-mile hike would be sufficient.
It was not.
The heat, the elevation, the terrain, and my backpack all conspired against me and made me dehydrated.
In a word, I was thirsty.
Upon arrival the campsite, I set up my tent, refilled my water jugs with filtered river water and laid down for the rest of the day.
I had never felt more thirsty in my life.
Jesus Came to Quench Thirst
In John 4, Jesus talks with a woman about water, thirst, and never being thirsty again.
Later, in John 6, he’ll reiterate this claim of bringing drink that will quench our thirst forever.
A natural condition of being thirsty is used by Jesus to show us that he’s come as a complete Savior. He will meet all our needs!
Not that Jesus will hand us a bottle of water when we are thirsty. He’s talking about the ultimate fulfillment of need – our spiritual thirst for righteousness, forgiveness, and eternal life.
The Means of Grace – God’s Thirst Quencher
A human being can’t survive more than four or five days without water. That’s because God created our bodies to be made up of 60% water!
This points us to the importance of Jesus Christ being our Water of Life. Jesus gives us this water through the Means of Grace.
The Means of Grace are the Sacraments and the Word of God.
In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, it is not a coincidence that water is an integral part of it. While in the Sacrament of Holy Communion, both the bread and wine cannot be made without water.
And in the Word of God, Jesus quenches our thirst for righteousness through what he tells us from Genesis to Revelation.
In Genesis, water is first referenced in the second verse. In Revelation, it is last referenced in verse 18 (fourth last verse of the Bible).
Are You Thirsty?
Ever since Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, humans have been seeking to quench their thirst for the divine, for things spiritual, and for soul satisfaction.
The only way to quench that thirst is the water of life, Jesus Christ himself.
Are you thirsty? Come to Jesus, he’ll satisfy that thirst completely.
Heavenly Father, I am thirsty for satisfaction, spiritual fulfillment, and righteousness. You have promised that my thirst can be quenched by your Son. I pray for this living water that will well up to eternal life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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