Chapel – 5/28/20
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps. 118:24
John 4:13-14 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
It’s going to end one day, you know, right? I’m referencing the covid-19 quarantine in particular. It’s hard to see the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel,” but we’re already taking steps to change how we do everyday life again. There is hope!! What “normal” will look like in October or next year, for that matter, is still to be seen, but we certainly look forward to the quarantine ending someday.
A ton of other things in our lives end, as well. You could probably add dozens very quickly. Some endings we look forward to, and others we’d rather not see end. For our seniors, this is the end of high school, and sadly, some close friendships, too, as people move on to other adventures in their lives. Teachers are usually sad to see the school year end, but at the same time look forward to some time to unwind. Summers come to an end. Elected officials end their time of public service as newly elected people take their places. Our money gets spent. Phones wear out. Cars wear out. Our bodies wear out. And the ultimate end is the sobering fact that we will all, one day, breathe our last on this earth. Not a single human being has ever escaped that END!
These “ends” our Lord Jesus might describe as “water.” One day, He was trying to teach the woman at the well that everything she thought important and lasting and valuable, all her “water,” would not satisfy her deepest desires. Jesus warned her that ALL her “water” in the world would still leave her “thirsty.” What are your “waters”? It made me think how much importance I put on my “waters,” rather than the water that Jesus offers. “Whoever drinks the water I (Jesus) give them will never thirst.” Where can I find that water, Jesus? Where do I find ANYTHING that is SO satisfying?
Good News! Jesus graciously GIVES us this water. And it is SO satsfying, like a never ending spring, it will take us to heaven where life with Him NEVER ends. What is this “water”? It is none other than the very life, death, words, and resurrection of the only Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. His words do not let us down, instead Jesus’ words give us hope. Jesus’ “water” works! Ps. 106:1 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! His LOVE endures forever! That’s worth repeating. He loved us before we were born, He loves us during our earthly walk with Him, and He will love us FOREVER! Now that’s water that will permanently quench the thirst our souls eternally long for. And the best news of all, He just gives it to us! Drink deeply!
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus…thank You for Your living water which satisfies our very souls. And on the day we end this life and begin eternal life with you, graciously let us see Your steadfast love in all its glory. In Your name we pray, Amen.
For any bluegrass fans: “Living Water” by Mountain Faith (It’s a toe tapper)
For any contemporary fans: “Living Waters” (w/Lyrics) by Keith and Kristyn Getty (nice female vocals)
For any rap fans: “Living Waters” by GLO (“no matter how much I fall, You still love me the same, Jesus”)
Contributed by: Mr. Kurt Hofmeister