December 14

Today's Bible Reading
     II Chronicles 16
     Revelation 5
     Zechariah 1
     John 4
            “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: 10)
            These passages in John's Gospel set forth the truth that the Christian Gospel is for the people of every racial, spatial, or national background. It is truly ''amazing grace for every race''. Whether it is a religious man (John 5),a needy woman (John 4), or a prominent nobleman (John 5), our Lord is there for them to meet their need.
            All of us love the story of the Samaritan woman who had such a great need in her life. It is wonderful to see how this woman who offered Jesus a drink discovered, in Him, the Water of Life that would satisfy her for the rest of her days.
            This woman had become a slave of Satan. He had deceived her. He had said, ''You pretty young thing; I'm going to show you how to get the most out of life. I'm going to set you free." She must have been a ''looker'' to have that many men, and Satan used it to bring tragedy to her life. How wonderful that she met a Man who was willing to change this wayward woman to a liberated lady. 
            Jesus was human, so He was hot, tired, and thirsty. He sat on the curb. She came at high noon.  She was an outcast, so she came alone. She could not come when the other women came, early in the morning, to draw their water. He asked for a drink of water. Sparks flew,because He was a Jew and she was a Samaritan; He was a Rabbi and she was an immoral woman; He was a man and she was a woman. But Jesus said, ''If you knew who was asking you, you would ask of Me, and I would give you a drink, and you would never thirst again. I would give you a drink that ''satisfies."
            Barbara Streisand, early in her career, had a hit song that said, ''I've got me blue ribbons, all shiny and blue. Then I discovered that they are no longer new . Have I stayed too long at the Fair?''
            What Jesus gives us will satisfy and satisfy forever. It is no accident that He uses water to illustrate this. How is Jesus like water?
   1.   This water completely satisfies. We are about 75% water and man has a thirst that only water can satisfy. A person without Jesus hasa thirst that only Jesus can satisfy. 
   2.   Water is vitally necessary. It is not a luxury. You can do without any other drink, but you cannot do without water. 
   3.   Water is a gift from God. Man is not able to create it. 
   4.   Water meets universal need.  It is not just a local requirement. 
   5.   Water descends from Heaven. It is not a product of .the earth. 
   6.   Water never runs out. There will be a spring bubbling up inside of you. 
   7.   We never tire of water. Other things tire us, and we grow weary of them, but never of water.
   8.   Water is strangely and unevenly distributed by God.  We find it in some places more than others.
The next time someone says to you, ''Do you want a drink?'' would be a good time to share with them, ''How about a drink that satisfied me completely?'' Then you can tell them all about it.
            As you continue to remember the peoples of Africa who are victims of the terrible scourge of AIDS, pray especially for the AIDS victims in Malawi. Life expectancy there has been cut to 43 years of age. The sad thing is that perhaps over 30% of all of those 14-49 are infected with AIDS, with 60%of new infections in the 14-25 age group girls. There are up to a half million AIDS orphans in Malawi, and it is growing every day. Pray for the AIDS victims and those who minister of them that Christians might have a great influence on the lives of those who they minister to physically.
''Personality is not what he has, nor even what he does, which directly expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.''
Henri-Frederic Amie!