Bible Ballistics: Here, Have a Drink??? Vol. 4 #24

A popular call of today—on TV, in the movies, in books—just ‘have a drink’ and all will be well. In fact I don’t watch the food channels much anymore because almost every show seemed to be pushing ‘alcohol’ consumption as a normal and acceptable relaxer, problem solver, rest aid, social mixer…etc. Yet, as I see it, alcohol presents far more problems than solutions. But, I’m really not on a tirade about the evils of drink today, but it was a great lead in. The world is obsessed with booze, pills, sex, fame, and fortune: the panaceas that bring perfect happiness and ‘happily ever after’ lives!!!

Alert! Alert! Alert! They are wrong!!! As almost every day’s headlines prove in one way or another. What I’d like to share today is the real solution to all of life’s problems, sorrows, griefs and confusion. It’s a drink—and it’s a person! Like many of the ads read today: “A Beautiful (home, face, car…) Starts with*****”, you fill in the product!! It’s not more products that we need, it’s more of the only thing that really makes a difference—Jesus Christ–crucified, buried and raised from the dead—for you and me!!! What does He have to offer???

Jesus, in His conversation with the woman at the well of Sychar made an amazing statement:

John 4:11-14, “The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

This woman’s question was genuine: she wanted to know how this stranger, this “man” (remember men didn’t talk to women in public, especially ‘worldly women’), this Jewish man (for the Jews hated the Samaritans), would speak to her, not only speak but engage her in conversation. But we know Jesus was a ‘barrier’ breaker!!! He forgave the woman taken in adultery, and sent her away to ‘sin no more’. He healed Mary Magdalene, who was demon possessed. He granted a request for healing from a Canaanite woman!!! Jesus met the needs of people, and He did more to elevate the status of women than any other person in history. In fact, this Samaritan woman was the first person recorded, to whom Jesus clearly and openly revealed that He was the Messiah.

John 4:25-26, “The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

Jesus also calls us to receive this ‘water of life’ (also a picture of the Holy Spirit He would send after His ascension).

John 7:37-39, “ In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” Life—God in us life—forever!!!

Jesus was, is and ever shall be the ‘water of life’. In Revelation 21 and 22 we also see this ‘water of life’.

Revelation 21:6, “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” The choice is yours, now.

Revelation 22:1 & 17, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb…… 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

What are you drinking? Are you settling for the ‘have a drink’ that the world offers—be it booze, pills, immorality, money, fame, fortune, power, lewdness or just self-satisfaction? None of these will ever satisfy the longing thirst of your soul. Only Jesus can do that. Israel of old found out that forsaking God and creating their ‘own way world’, their ‘own gods’ and ‘own drink’ was, at best, a great disappointment. Jeremiah talks about this and it is so apropos for America.

Jeremiah 2:11-14 says, “Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. 12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. 13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. 14 Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?” WHY???

I love to go to the mountains where you sometimes see spigots on the side of the road, spigots that provide water from artesian wells. Wells that come up on their own and provide such sweet, cold water that you think you’ve never really had water before. Well this is the picture that God is painting for Israel and for us today. He is a wonderful artesian spring of fresh, vibrant, life-giving water. But are you choosing to drink from God’s spring, or have you done what Israel did and made an alternative choice?

For my people have committed two evils;

they have forsaken me

the fountain of living waters,

and hewed them out cisterns,

broken cisterns,

that can hold no water.

A people who have forsaken God–

Gone their own way–

Dug out their own cisterns–

Leaking cisterns

That can’t hold WATER—

Dirty water at that!!!

And doing this they forsook the

Real

Original

Pure

Clean

Life-producing

Living Water.

How about you? What are you drinking? Won’t you “have a drink” of the ‘water of life’? Imbibe at the ‘fountain of living waters’ and, like the woman at the well, never have to “settle for” the

Imitation

Stagnant

Contaminated

Dirty

Unhealthy—

Water of Death again!!!

And one last passage for us to think on this week, as we think about the ‘water of life’. When we belong to Jesus, this water of life empowers us to live victoriously.

Ephesians 5:15-21,

See then that ye walk circumspectly,

not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time,

because the days are evil.

17 Wherefore be ye not unwise,

but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

18 And be not drunk with wine,

wherein is excess;

but be filled with the Spirit;

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms

and hymns

and spiritual songs,

singing and making melody

in your heart to the Lord;

20 Giving thanks always

for all things unto God

and the Father

in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

21 Submitting yourselves one to another

in the fear of God.

Think on these things‘……(see Phil.4:8). Whatever you put in will come out!!! What are you drinking???