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Water of Life

Every time I read this verse I am reminded of the cistern we had back on the farm. In that area wells were expensive and rare. Our system gathered rain water from the roof and passed it through a carbon filter into a deep cement tank. But in dry weather it didn’t take long to deplete the supply so we would call for a water truck to come. That is how many of us are in our faith. On Sunday morning we get a little rain or we turn on a Christian radio program to refill our tank. But Jesus offers a gift meant to be more than just a refill. He offers freely a drink by which one single sip becomes in us a well. Why be satisfied with a full cistern when Jesus Christ is offering a well a river and a fountain of life!

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.” John 4:10 ESV

Hope of Pardon

We were driving through Brooklyn looking for the way over to Manhattan. My step father hated asking for directions so with my mother’s help he headed towards the Empire state building which we could see clearly above the small buildings around us. The only problem was that we finally ran out of roads at the East river because he had not counted on having to cross the bridge! We shouldn’t laugh too much at him though because in the same way we are all trying to get to heaven but forget that there is a bridge to carry us over and only one: our Lord Jesus Christ!

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all Isaiah 53:6 ESV

Hope of Victory

But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ                       1 Corinthians 15:57 ESV

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For residents in a nursing home life can sometimes feel like a place of total defeat. You can see it in the stooped shoulders or hear it in the angry reactions to small annoyances. In our own home as we are passing through my wife’s battle with cancer I am finding myself facing the same struggles. I feel like a rowboat caught in the tidal wave of serious illness and family turmoil. That is exactly the situation which the disciples faced as the accompanied Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus had asked them to pray with him for one hour; but the Bible tells us that

And when He rose from prayer He came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow.     Luke 22:45

They were overcome by sorrow, but not their master. Jesus had prayed till His sweat fell like drops of blood. Jesus had continued interceding even when they felt defeated. In the same way He is interceding in heaven for you and I today. Neither our sorrow nor our despair will cause Him to abandon us. He will come and awaken us. He will carry our burdens. He chose in that dark garden to pay the full price for our sin to give us hope. It is that hope which lies behind the cry:

O Grave where is your victory? Death where is your sting? 1 Corinthians 15:55