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By : Lonnie Branam [ Sermon Christ Will Give You Living Water ]


In John 4:14 Jesus said to the waman of Samaria,“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 well of water springing up into everlasting life.” The Lord made a similar statement in John 7:37,38 “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” The passage speaks of two kinds of water, water thata comes from the rains and oceans and living water of Christ's making. One is earthly water which God placed on the planet at the creation; the other is spiritual water which Christ created when he visited this planet in the first century A.D.
In drawing an analogy between earth water and heavenly water, Jesus is trying to teach us a very important truth. There is something Christ has to give which we need more dearlty than literal water. It is more essential than the water we drink with every meal. Since Jesus used earth water to teach about spiritual water there must be a strikintg similarity. Hence,let us talk about both kinds of water. If we do not understand our critical need for common water we will not understand our need for living water.

First, the wonderful water which God placed on this earth at the creation is a wonderful substance indeed. About three fourths of the surface of the earth is covered with water. Earth is known as the water planet, for it is the only planet in the solar system covered with water. This fact should teach an enquiring world that the other planets were not created for hunan habitation. Rejecting the Bible they are trying to find the origin of life on Mars, perhaps from a speck of water that might have existed there in the remote past. God's answer to such nonsense is, ”The fool has said in his heart there is no God.” Where there is no water the human race cannot exist, much less flourish unless he takes one of the oceans with him. Nasa has just spent 400 million dollars tying to find a drop or a molecule of water on Mars. Rejecting the God of the Bible as the Opriginator of life, they do not know how life started on the earth. It's their opinion that Mars was once inhabited by people and maybe life accdientally orignated on earth from Mars. But that is not science; that is a myth. Consider how much more sense the Bible makes on this subject. Psalm 100:1-3 says, “Make a joyful shout to Jehovah, all you lands. Serve Jehovah with gladenss. Come before His presemce with singing. Know that Jehovah, He is God. It is He who as made us, and not we ourselves.” If the most intelligent craatures on earth did not bring us into existence, how much less could anyone think the dumb animals brought man into existence. The theory of evolution
Evolution would brain-wash the human race into believing that we noble creatures are descendants of the dumb animal world. Perhaps nothing illustrates more smply and impressively the fullness of God's providentiaL watchcare over our lives than the abundance of life—sustaining water of the earth. Water is so easy for most people to get that they seldom think how necessary it is for man, animal and plant. Next to the air we breathe, water is prcbably the most important thing in our lives. Without it humans, animals and plants would die. A normally healthy person can live only seven to ten days without water. Over two thirds of the human body is water. Blood is 90 per cent water. This water is so essential to life that a loss of 20 per cent of it will result it in painful and horrible death. It might surprise some to know that water is a canbination of two gases, hydrogen and oxygen. In Chemistry water is designated as H20 which means that every molecule of water consists of one atom of oxygen and two atoms of hydrogen. When hydrogen and oxygen are thoroughly mixed, they can be made to burn with a spark. They will unite with an explosion and form water. Can you imagine what an explosion must have taken place when God covered this earth with water? Let us learn to appreciate such a wonderful, though common blessing. Let us thank God that He has not left himself without witness to mankind in that he has done good and has given us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling air hearts with foal and gladness”(Acts 14:17).

In addition to the inward use of water in the body and the many outward uses for cleanliness, refreshment, sports and commercial enterprises, God has ordained the use of earth water for certain religious uses. Under the Jewish religion in Old Testament tines every priest was required to take a full bath and and put on clean garments before entering the temple, and that temple was a type of the Christ's church. Water is
a cleansing agent, and it thus fitly represented the kind of moral cleanliness needed by the priests to serve in the Temple of God. Their souls really needed to be clean and not just their bodies. Water was also used ceremonially for cleansing the Jews from various transgressions of the Mosaic law. Jesus announced that under the Christian religion that to enter into the kingdom of God every person had to be born again,. “born of water and the Spirit.”(John 3: 3-5). The exact meaning of the statement was made clear in his great commission for saving the world: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is immersed will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned”(Mark 16:15,16). Any person who has scripturally obeyed that command has been born of the water and Spirit. Ephesians 5: 25,26 : tells us that Jesus died for the church that that he might “sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” This clearly means that every soul is cleansed and saved by faith,_repentance and baptism before it is aided to the church (Acts 2:47). In this way the whole church is sanctified and cleansed with the washing of water by the word of truth. Let no one stumble in unbelief at the importance of earth water in its application to relilgious
the importance of earth water in its application to religious uses in the religion of Christ.

Thus far we have studied only literal water as it relates to Practical and religious uses. Let us now turn our attention to what Jesus called living water. Jesus said,”If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37). He asked a Samaritan woman for a drink of well water, and when she refused he said, “If you knew who I was you would ask ne for a drink, and I would have given you living water”(John 4:10) .He said tgat it would quench a person's thirst forever. Drink this water, he said, and it will he in you a well of water springing up into everlasting life. Drink this water and out of your heart will flow rivers of living water”(John 7:38). What is this living water? The fact that it is called water and is compared to water testifies to its surpassing value to humankind. Water is necessary to all life, and next to the air we breathe it is the nost important thing in our lives. That gives you some indication what living water is all about. There are two scriptures that clearly explain what the living water is. Isaiah 55:1,10 says, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.. .As the rain canes down and the snow from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, so shall My word be that goes forth from my mouth. It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” The Bible says God's word is like rainwater that gives life, nourishment and beauty to all living things. Similarly, God's truth, coning down like rain or snow from heaven, does not return to Him void but accomplishes what it was intended to accomplish. Not a drop of rain is lost; not a flake of snow is a failure Consequently,we may hopefully engage in the preaching and teaching of God's word, for not one lesson can be really lost. As literal water gives life, nourishes and beautifies the earth, so living water gives life to the soul and beautifies the earth with holy, righteous people, beautifying the earth with Christian character. This interpretation of living water is further verified by the words of Jesus in John 6:53,54,“Most assuredly, I say to you unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I win raise him up at the last day.” This is a poetical, symbolical and figurative statement and makes no sense literally speaking. Jesus was speaking of the importance of his death for every human being. The blood of Christ is the living water, and Jesus said unless you drink it you cannot go to heaven. The literal blood of Christ fell on the ground beneath his cross, coagulated and disapeared forever. We drink His blood by assimilating it or appropriating it into our mind. When you assimilate something you take it in. To apprcpriate the crucified body of Christ to the mind is a form of eating it; to assimilate the blood of Christ is a method of drinking it. To take the blood of Christ into your mind and heart is to take in His death. In other words you receive His death for the purpose which God intended.

I am now prepared to tell you exactly what the living water is that Jesus offers to the world. It is the word of God about the death of Christ that comes down like the rain from heaven. It is the word of God that came down in the days of Christ and the apostles. It is the word of God spoken by Jesus and revealed in the New Testament. It is the word of God about Jesus, His incarnation His life, His death, His resurrection, His teachings, His laws, His commandments, His promises and His love. The living water is the knowledge of Christ. God's word says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom and understanding. Be filled with the Spirit.” That is just another way of saying, “Be filled with the living water.” Take it in ny friends. It is not living water to you until you take it into your minds and hearts. You must get it out of the New Testament into your mind. Don't waste the little time God has given you. Don't throw away your opportunities to assimilate the living water. Your coming togeter with the gatherings of people to church buildings where the word of God is faithfully taught are the most important activities of your life. For you soul'sake, do not neglect these opportunities. But remember that Jesus said, “Drink,” not just hear.

One of the most beautiful descriptions of heaven is that of a land and place where living waters flow. Revelation 22 describes heaven as a beautiful city with the throne of God in the center. Flowing directly from the throne of God was a pure river of water of life and the tree of life was growing on both sides of the river. This has reference to the words of Jesus that whoever drinks of the water He gives them, it will become a veil of water springing up into everlasting life. Sane glad day we will fly away to the land where living wates flow, and that is where our souls long to go.
In John 7:37 Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” After describing heaven as the city of living water, some of the last words from heaven says, “Let him who tirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely”(Revelation 22:17) This is Christ's last words about living water. If anyone, He said, thirsts for the water I have to give, let him come. That is, if anyone is interested in the land of flowing waters, if anyone is interested in going to heaven, if anyone is interested in living forever instead of perishing, if anyone is interested in serving God, if anyone is interested in goodness, purity of life, and holiness. If anyone is interested in being reonciled to Gcd, and interested in My atonement, let him cone and drink. No one else is invited or need come.

In John 7:38 Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” What does it nean out of our hearts will flow rivers of living water? It means other souls around us are dying even as we were dying before we cane to Christ to drink of the living water. It means Christians are the stewards of Christ's living water. God has placed the living water in our hearts and in our hands. Living water is springing up and going oat from the lives of Christians and touching those around us who have no eternal life. May the living water go forth from your life and mine and give life to lost and dying people.

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