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The Water of Life

Categories: John, Revelation1.7 min read

For many people the summer holidays are a time to relax and take a break away from the stresses of everyday life.  Some may look back with nostalgia to their childhood days, when school was out and the sun was always shining.  However, often in the UK the summer holidays are greeted with grey clouds and showers of rain.

Although we may moan about the erratic weather, we need to appreciate our instant access to clean water. Globally, many people and animals travel miles to find water, while we just turn on a tap.  Water is an essential part of life on earth.  It regulates both the earth’s temperature as well as the temperature of the human body, with an average of about 60% of our body being water.  Water has also fascinated many poets, composers and artists whether in oceans, rivers, waterfalls, lakes or a small stream trickling down a hillside.  Debussy admired the sea paintings of Turner and composed La Mer which evokes the sounds of the wind and waves at sea.

In the Bible, water can be seen as symbolic of God’s mercy in offering salvation and eternal life to mankind.  At the beginning of the Bible, we can read of God creating a river to water the Garden of Eden and at the end of the Bible we can read of. ‘a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb’ (Revelation 22 v 1).

When Jesus talked to a Samaritan woman at a well, he spoke about two types of water, the one that can quench your thirst and the ‘living water’ representing spiritual blessings.  ‘Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.  But, the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4 v 13 -14). Jesus represents that ‘living water’ given by God to those who believe in Him and His son Jesus.

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