2nd Wednesday of Advent
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Israelites before Jesus waited and longed for the waters of life. We read in the Psalms…
“My soul thirsts for God for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:2) “O God, you are my God earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1) “I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.” (Psalm 143:6)
The Israelites waited. They trusted God’s promises. They knew one day God would send a Messiah, a Savior, into the world. But they didn’t know when or exactly what it would be like when He came, or the words He would speak. They thirsted for living water. Then He came. The Gift of God appeared. The Spring of Joy burst forth in the middle of the desert (slide 2). Jesus came, He was born into this world, He brought “living water” that satisfies, “water” that completes, “water” that comforts, “water” for thirsty souls!
(slide 3) If it was all up to us we should be wandering around thirsting. If we were all on our own we would be wandering around in the parched and dry desert of… unbelief. If it was up to us we would be trying to satisfy our thirst with the world’s sand (slide 4) – like earthly power or wealth or pleasure.
But, then Jesus came (slide 5). He gave us “water” to drink. Not just ordinary water, but living water. He sent the Holy Spirit into our hearts, He worked faith inside of us, He led us to trust in Him for complete forgiveness of sins. He rained down upon us the life-giving waters at our baptism. He gave us His Word. He comforts us with the joy of our eternal salvation.
So, no longer do we thirst for meaning in life, we know who we are: children of God. We no longer thirst slavishly for the pleasures the world offers for we have all we need in Jesus. We no longer have to thirst the way the world thirsts for things in this world which will one day pass away because we have what is eternal. We have tasted the waters of life. Through His word we have seen our Savior born into this world as a little baby. Unlike the Old Testament Israelites, we see the life of Jesus, the Messiah, our Savior in the Word. We have His Word. We thirst for His Word. His Word brings us comfort. His Word satisfies our greatest thirst. We drink His Word and it fills us, it fills us so much that it becomes part of us. We live His Word in our lives.
So, here we have a lady whose life was a mess. She had five husbands and the man she was living with was not her husband. She didn’t even know that she was spiritually parched. And here, Jesus reaches out to her with life-giving, living water, which satisfied her spiritual thirst for eternity. If Jesus was willing to do that for her, he certainly has filled you so you will never thirst spiritually. He certainly continues to fill you with His living water that becomes in you a spring of water welling up to eternal life!