Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
Continuing our “Grounded” series, we looked at a miracle and a metaphor centering around Jesus and water.
The Bible is filled to the brim with references to water and how it relates to our spirituality. This is no coincidence, as water was a precious resource in the arid, dusty Middle East – kind of like how it is here in Arizona! So it’s no surprise that Jesus’ first miracle actually involves water.
In John 2, Jesus is at a wedding in which his mother Mary is involved. When she tells Jesus that the wine is gone, a major faux pas, Jesus instructs the servants to take huge ceremonial jars and fill them with water. These jars were normally reserved for ceremonial washing, a tradition important to the Jews, albeit not actually required by God. Jesus turns all this water into the best wine any of the guests had ever tasted. Jesus repurposes the religious use of water. But He takes it even further than that.
In John 4, Jesus asks a Samaritan woman for a drink of water at the well (yet another faux pas, for several reasons). She is surprised He’s even talking to her, but Jesus uses the opportunity to tell the woman that any water she will drink will not ultimately cure thirst. Anybody who drinks water gets thirsty again. But Jesus offers “living water,” or eternal life. Jesus uses something as common as water to show what is uncommon about Him.
In our lives, we experience two realities: We will feel thirsty every day of our lives. Second, we will most likely see water every day of our life. What a great reminder of Jesus, the Living Water, who is with us wherever we go.
Verses and quotes from the message:
Jeremiah 2:13; Psalm 63:1; John 2:1-11; Matthew 15:1-3; John 4:5-14
“Through his first miracle, Jesus intentionally desecrates a religious icon. He purposely chooses these sacred jars to challenge the religious system by converting them from icons of personal purification into symbols of relational celebration. Jesus takes us from holy water to wedding wine. From legalism to life. From religion to relationship.” Bruxy Cavey
The Ocean has its silent caves, Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves, Beneath them there is none.
The awful spirits of the deep, Hold their communion there;
And there are those for whom we weep, The young, the bright, the fair.
Calmly the wearied seamen rest, Beneath their own blue sea.
The ocean solitudes are blest, For there is purity.
The earth has guilt, the earth has care, Unquiet are its graves;
But peaceful sleep is ever there, Beneath the dark blue waves.
Look to the Son – Hillsong Music
Eyes on Heaven – Central Music
Nobody Can Save Me – Linkin Park