The River of Life
God and Water series
Readings – Ps 1;
first reading – Jeremiah 2:13 & John 4: 4-15
second reading – John 7 :37-39 & Rev 22: 1-5
– The need for water to live the need for the living water of Christ to live. The need to drink, it refreshes us, the need to drink of the Spirit of God
– New life comes from this living water The way water brings new life, growth and changes things.
– It brings change
– Eternal life
- Water is the one thing we all need, we are even made of water in a large part.
It refreshes us and enables us to function
We get it as the women did from a water supply, be it a well or a tap.
Rivers are exciting, vibrant; full of life; changeable; calm; vigorous; places of fun……
- Water flows in rivers. How does it get to where its needed?
How are the plains around the big rivers irrigated?
by culverts and dug and tended canals.
What happens when there is a block a dam or such?
the water stops flowing and allowing things to grow
But the River of life starts with Christ’s Spirit and when we are in it or beside it we grow and bear fruit.
Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. Rev 22: 1-2
We are part of those trees of life and the crop the water brings, we are also leaves used to heal the needs of the world.
- But what happens when we just sit there as a block, neither allowing the Spirit to influence us or grow us?
Then we become as dead trees or grain, vegetation with no roots will not grow.
“And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all! Jeremiah 2 13
Faith in Christ is active allowing His Spirit to flow in us and then flow out of us.
Yes you can sit by the river, but just watching and admiring it, while it might be fun and interesting, is not as good as being part of it.
Many people who call themselves Christian just sit and look at the river thinking that looks nice so glad I am part of it.
But they never fully become part of the river of the flow of Gods Spirit and so they do not bear fruit.
When you are part of the rive, full of that bubbling water giving you eternal life, a life never ending with Christ.
- Visions of Ascension having living water flowing from it.
All need to be part of this river not just a few and when we allow it to flow we grow and bear fruit.
For the river to flow from Ascension it needs each of us to be a channel a canal allowing it to fill us and through us reach others.
Jesus said “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4 : 14
“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7: 38
To allow this bubbling you have to allow the water in first remove the stopper, open the flood gate.
Then it will fill you and bubble out onto the ground around you.
It will effect those around you just because it is there.
“For my people have done two evil things:
They have abandoned me— the fountain of living water.
And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all! Jeremiah 2 13
God wants us to be share in the living water, He is the fountain the source of the water of life that brings change and eternal life, that brings fruit to all it touches.
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1
You need to be able to hold the living water yourself for it to be any good to others.
- Lets pray for that infilling of the Spirit, the living Water so that we can share it with those around us.