Week Three...Living Water
This week in our I Am series we will look at John 10 and Jesus as the Gate for the Sheep and as The Good Shepherd. To orient yourself towards our time together on Sunday, I recommend reading through John 10 and Psalm 23. We will unpack John 10 together, But Psalm 23 gives such beautiful imagery of God as the Shepherd of our lives.
For the blog this week, I wanted to offer you another view of Jesus revealing who he is to us, but one that isn’t one of the “I Am” statements. On two occasions in John’s Gospel, Jesus refers to himself as “Living Water.” This is similar to our discussion last week about the Bread of Life, but also, Jesus makes one of these statements in the midst of a religious celebration like he did in John 10 with his Light of the World statement!
In John 4, Jesus says this:
10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” 11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” 13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 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.” 15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” John 4:10-15 (NLT)
And again, in John 7:
37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) John 7:37-39 (NLT)
Our friends at The Bible Project have put together an excellent video on Living Water. Check it out and let us know if you have questions or comments!