37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”[c]39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
I suppose you as well as myself will have noticed the number of appeals that went out from different charities over the Christmas period for different things.
The other night I seen this appeal on TV for clean water and it showed the difference it could make to the lives of those in poor countries
The thing that has really stuck in my mind about this advert is the joy on some of the children’s faces when they were drinking ‘Clean tap water’ for the first time
Verse 1 Life is a journey; long is the road, And when the noontide is high Souls that are weary faint ‘neath their load, Long for the waters, and cry:
Chorus The well is deep and I require A draught of the water of life, But none can quench my soul’s desire For a draught Or the water of life; Till one draws near who the cry will heed, Helper of men in their time of need, And I, believing, find indeed That Christ is the water of life.
Verse 2 Life is a seeking, life is a quest, Eager and longing desire; Unto the true things, unto the best, Godward our spirits aspire.
Verse 3 Life is a finding; vain wand’rings cease When from the Saviour we claim All we have longed for, solace and peace, And we have life in his name.
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks 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.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
This for me has to be one of the most interesting story’s in the bible, the fact that the Samaritan woman does not realise she is speaking with Jesus.
Towards the end of yesterday’s blog you may recall I asked you to pray for the people of Greece as they deal with what’s happened at the southern end of their country.
If you don’t already know some of you outside the UK reading this will know we have had the biggest heatwave since 1976 with temperatures reaching up to 36 degrees in the south of the country. Resevoires are low as are rivers, farmers crops are suffering as well. Yesterday I heard on the news that hospital departments that would normally be quiet at this time of year are experiencing the same volume of people now as they would in winter.
It is ironic however that we British people are never satisfied because we seem to complain when theirs no rain or not enough sun.
The well is deep, and I require
A draft of the Water of Life
And none can quench my souls desire
For a draft of the Water of Life
Till one draws near
Who the cry will hear
Helper of man
In their time of need
And I believing, find indeed
That Christ is the Water of Life