" If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from that person’s heart, as the Scripture says.” -John 7:38
Remember as a kid playing with Lego’s or even Lincoln Logs? When my kids were little, they played with Connects (building sticks with magnets). The fun thing with these toys wasn’t just one Lego alone or one log by itself. The magnets weren’t fun with just one. The fun was building. Each part was designed to fit into another and when you were finished creating, you had designed something pretty cool. Maybe it was a house or a car or even an intricate shape of some sort. To get that perfect design you needed to connect all the parts into one because one piece couldn’t stand alone to show your creation. But, you couldn’t just throw any of the pieces together however you wanted. Sometimes you needed to start with one, follow the directions and add to each part connecting them one by one. If not, your house could have ended up lopsided or your car wouldn’t look like a car. For each design there was a way each piece connected and sometimes there might have been some extra pieces and that’s okay, they too can be helpful but not necessarily part of that one design.
I love reading the Bible for the same reason. Sure, there are many verses in each chapter, and they all have meaning, and some can stand alone. But it isn’t until you begin to connect the verses in more than one book of the Bible that you begin to see the entire story and their connections. From Creation in Genesis to the Lord’s second coming in Revelation, God has intricately connected Himself, Jesus and the Holy Spirit through the entire Bible to tell the whole story.
Let’s take a few moments to look at one of those connections. John 4:14 “but whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life.”
Water in the Bible symbolizes not only provision for our bodies but faith and salvation as well. Water is essential to our physical living just as Jesus is essential to our spiritual living (John 4:10, 13-14).
How does it all connect?
Genesis 1:2- During creation the Holy Spirit is said to hover over the waters, He is already there at creation.
Isaiah 12:3- We can draw water from the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 43:2- God is with us through our troubles, all the rough waters we will face or are facing.
John 17:37b-39- Jesus invites us to come to Him if we are thirsty, believe in Him believe in the Bible and the Holy Spirit will be given to you as a Helper (links back to creation).
John 3:5- Accept Jesus in your life and be baptized with water and filled with the Holy Spirit and a promise of everlasting life.
Revelation 22:1- Heaven promises a river of the water of life flowing from God’s throne.
Revelation 22:17- Invites you to take the free gift of the water of Life (Jesus and salvation).
Revelation 21:6- “Jesus said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.”
What a beautiful picture full of promises and hope! Yes, water is essential to drink for our physical bodies. But having Jesus- our spiritual water also in our lives truly shows a wonderful story of salvation. We need both water to drink and Jesus daily to live and He has promised to be there in our lives each day when we go to Him, pray, listen and learn.
What a beautiful connection throughout the Bible from creation to a home in heaven when we partake of Jesus our living water.
Today I invite you to try to make some connections yourself and study the Bible. Find a verse and then start looking for more verses that can connect that verse. Like the Lego’s though, you might find several verses that use the word or words your studying but see if you can find the ones that will connect with each other. The other verses, like the extra parts of a toy are helpful but maybe not what you’re looking for in the connection. In studying you will find many beautiful stories that connect God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit from the beginning to the end. Have a blessed day!
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