Water is an essential part of LIFE! It is a vital to God’s creation, world-wide. “Water is one of the most important substances on earth. All plants and animals must have water to survive. If there was no water there would be no LIFE on earth… (Google)”.
(According to google) Up to 60% of the human adult body is WATER. The brain and heart are composed of 73% WATER, and the lungs are about 83% WATER. The skin contains 64% WATER, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.
“The water cycle, also known as the hydrological cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above and below the surface of the Earth.The water cycle shows the continuous movement of water within the Earth and atmosphere. It is a complex system that includes many different processes. Liquid water evaporates into water vapor, condenses to form clouds, and precipitates back to earth in the form of rain and snow – (Google)”
When Jesus says He is the “fountain of living water” He is declaring that He is the source of LIFE! Just as water is essential to LIFE — Jesus is essential to LIFE, both naturally and spiritually!
JESUS IS LIFE
Acts 17:28 – …IN HIM (JESUS) WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING…
JOHN 1:4 – IN HIM (JESUS) was LIFE, and the LIFE was the light of men.
JOHN 8:12 – “I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of LIFE.”
JESUS IS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER
There is an amazing fountain located in the U.S. called “Old Faithful”. If “Old Faithful” is so amazing, how much more amazing is the revelation of Jesus, the FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER!”
OLD FAITHFUL (YELLOWSTONE PARK, WYOMING, USA)
Here are a few interesting facts about “Old Faithful” —
* It spouts at regular intervals. Columns of boiling water are thrown high into the air with each discharge. Eruptions can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons (14,000 to 32,000 L) of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet (32 to 56 m) lasting from 11⁄2 to 5 minutes. The average height of an eruption is 145 feet (44 m). Garments placed in the crater during quiescence are ejected thoroughly washed when the eruption takes place. Linen and cotton fabrics are uninjured by the action of the water, but woolen clothes are torn to shreds. More than 1,000,000 eruptions have been recorded. Intervals between eruptions are an average of 90 minutes apart – the mean interval being either 65 or 91 minutes, and is dependent on the length of the prior eruption. Within a margin of error (give or take 10 minutes) Old Faithful will erupt either 65 minutes after an eruption lasting less than 2 1⁄2 minutes, or 91 minutes after an eruption lasting more than 2 1⁄2 minutes.
A 16 sec video clip of an eruption can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Faithful
PONCE DE LEON
Ponce de León — A Spanish explorer who supposedly searching for the Fountain of Youth when he traveled to Florida in 1513. The Fountain of Youth was a legendary spring that would restore the youth of anyone who was able to drink or bathe in its waters.
If understood correctly, he spent a fortune, and his life searching for something that wasn’t ever found… He lived and died without finding the Fountain of Youth.
Some people are also searching in the wrong places for the FOUNTAIN OF LIFE! They waste their life and money searching in vain for something that will give life, when eternal life can only be found in Jesus! (Acts 4:12; John 17:3)
THE LORD IS A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Psalm 103:1-5 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits…5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your YOUTH IS RENEWED like the eagle’s.
ISAIAH 40:28 – 31 – The everlasting God, THE LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength… Even the YOUTHS shall faint and be weary, and the YOUNG men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
JESUS AND THE WOMAN AT THE WELL
A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah
Introductory summary to story: Jesus needed to travel through Samaria on His way from Judea to Galilee (vs. 3-4) Jesus, weary from His journey sat down to rest by Jacob’s well vs.6). He asked for a drink from a woman of Samaria who came to draw water at the well. She was surprised that Jesus spoke to her (most Jewish people didn’t communicate or have any dealings with Samaritans… (Vs. 9).
Special note: Jesus loves all people of every race! He is not racist!
John 4:9 – …the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”
John 4:10 – Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the GIFT of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you LIVING WATER.”
John 4:11 – The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?
John 4:13,14 – 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 4:15 – The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this WATER, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
John 4:25-26 – The woman said to Him, “I know that MESSIAH is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you AM HE.”
John 4:39-42 – And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word.
JESUS –- reveals Himself as the source of LIVING WATER! He calls Himself “The GIFT OF GOD”. When we drink the WATER He gives we will never thirst, but that WATER He gives us will become in us a FOUNTAIN OF WATER springing up into EVERLASTING LIFE”. The woman asked for His WATER. He revealed Himself as the expected MESSIAH. The woman believed in Him, and shared about Him with her city.
JESUS IS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE!
Clearly Jesus reveals himself as the FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER, the source of EVERLASTING LIFE! This truth brings great joy to the world!
Psalm 42:1-2 – As the deer pants for the WATER brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.2 My soul THIRSTS for God, for the LIVING GOD.
LIVING WATERS FROM A LIVING GOD
John 7:37 – Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
John 7:38 – He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of LIVING WATER.”
(AMPC) He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] SPRINGS AND RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.
Revelation 7:17 – … for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to LIVING FOUNTAINS of WATERS. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
DON’T FORSAKE THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS
Jeremiah 2:13 – “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken ME, the FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold NO WATER.
Jeremiah 17:13 – O Lord, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. “Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the Lord, The FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS.”
Special note: Not just one, but two evil things… 1) Forsaking the Lord who is the source of living water 2) trying to make containers for water that are broken and cannot hold water. Rather than faithfully choosing fresh, living, moving water that comes from the Lord, attempting to hold substitute, non-living water that cannot be contained.
THE FOUNTAIN FLOWS IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION
Psalm 68:25,26 – The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the maidens playing timbrels. 26 Bless God in the congregations, the Lord, from the FOUNTAIN of Israel.
Psalm 87:7 – Both the singers and the players on instruments say, “All my SPRINGS are in you.”
Joel 3:18 – – And it will come to pass in that day …all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with WATER; A FOUNTAIN shall flow from the house of the LordAnd water the Valley of Acacias.
Ezekiel 47 — (Water flowed out from the house of God…)
THE LORD IS THE CREATOR OF FOUNTAINS & SPRINGS – (NATURAL & SPIRITUAL)
Psalm 104:10 – He sends the SPRINGS into the valleys; They flow among the hills.
Revelation 14:7 – …and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and SPRINGS OF WATER.”
Proverbs 8:28 – …When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the FOUNTAINS of the deep,…
Psalm 78:16 – He also brought STREAMS out of the rock, And caused WATERS to run down like RIVERS.
Psalm 105:41 – He opened the rock, and WATER gushed out; It ran in the dry places like a RIVER.
Special note: Israel drank of streams that followed them – the rock that followed them… Believers drink of the rock in them, Christ IN them – He is in them a well of LIVING WATER. (Matthew Henry’s Commentary).
PROPHETIC REVELATIONS OF JESUS
Isaiah 32:2 – A MAN will be as a hiding place from the wind, And a cover from the tempest, As RIVERS OF WATER in a dry place, As the shadow of A GREAT ROCK in a weary land.
Isaiah 33:21 – There THE MAJESTIC LORD will be for us a place of broad RIVERS and STREAMS… (Both natural & spiritual).
Isaiah 41:18 – I will open RIVERS in desolate heights, and FOUNTAINS in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of WATER, and the dry land SPRINGS OF WATER.
Isaiah 43:19,20 – Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall SPRING forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and RIVERS in the desert….I give WATERS in the wilderness And RIVERS in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen.
Ezekiel 47:9 – And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the RIVERS go, will LIVE. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these WATERS go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the RIVER goes.
Revelation 22:1 – And he showed me a pure RIVER OF WATER OF LIFE, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Isaiah 58:11 – The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a WATERED garden, And like a SPRING OF WATER, whose WATERS do not fail.
Isaiah 55:1 – “Ho! Everyone who THIRSTS, come to the WATERS…
Revelation 22:17 – And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who THIRSTS come. Whoever desires, let him take the WATER OF LIFE freely.
JESUS IS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE – THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS!
Let’s come to Him, drink, and find our fulfillment and satisfaction in Him! In HIM we LIVE & move & have our being! (Acts 17:28)