Thought For The Week – 18th April

Water

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 NIV

My dad used to get asked to give talks, and his favourite was one about water. I can’t share all his slides with you but want to share some of the thoughts.

Water plays a very central role in Scripture. The word “water” occurs in well over 640 verses. Add in references to “river”, “stream”, “brook” and “sea” and that is more times than the word “Jesus”! It occurs in the first chapter of Genesis and the last chapter of Revelation.

Rivers and seas are prominent in Jewish history, from the stream in the Garden of Eden, the Nile and Red Sea in Egypt, the Jordan in Israel, in which Jesus was baptised, the Sea of Galilee, and many others, finally the River of Life in the Heavenly Jerusalem of Revelation 21 and 22.

Water is absolutely vital to life. 60% of our bodies are water, we can live weeks or even months without food, but only a day or two without water. Our climate is dictated by Ocean currents and the movement of water in the air. Land formations are created by erosion from rain and ice. Water is needed for washing (especially hands at present!) and waste removal. Crops depend on it. Power stations and many industries cannot operate without it…

Water has many unique properties. One is that it is the only substance able to exist in all 3 states, solid, liquid and gas (ice, water and steam) at normal temperatures experienced in nature.

Possibly the most remarkable property is its reaction to cold. Every known substance in the universe expands as it gets hotter, and contracts as it gets colder. The only exception is water, and that only between 40C and 00C. As it cools from 40 to 00 water expands. It may not sound much but without this life would struggle to exist! It is the reason that ice floats, as it is less dense than water. So, in winter ice forms on the surface of ponds, lakes, rivers and sea estuaries, providing safety for life underwater. If ice sank, these would freeze from the bottom up, killing all life within them!

Just one final point is that an estimated 1 in 3 people in the world have no access to safe drinking water. The cost of supplying clean water to everyone would be about the same as people in the EU spend on ice creams in a year!

So next time you turn on the tap or flush the toilet think of the living water that Jesus gives, bringing everlasting life. It is something very special and precious.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. Romans 1:20 NIV

Chris Turk

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