River of life

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7:37-38.

If you were to construct and design a city, choosing the location would be important. Back in ancient times, it was a no-brainer to ensure that there was access to a river or water as an essential for life and defence.

In Ezekiel 47, we see that Ezekiel has a guide from someone divine of the new temple, and during this vision we see there is a stream of water running from the temple. This stream of water makes its way across dry land towards the Dead Sea, where an abundance of living creatures are residing. Another aspect to consider about the Dead Sea is that this is the lowest (1,300 feet below sea level) and saltiest (25%) body of water in the world could support an abundance of life. This indicates to us the renewing and life giving power of God as depicted in this passage.

Much later on in the Bible Jesus appears at the festival of the tabernacles and says:

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7:37-38.

Jesus ultimately fulfills being Living water, and when we come to him we will never be thirsty again. We can have eternal life, joy and purpose when we drink the living water. When we trust in Jesus.                           

James