• Kelly Steffen

      Pastoral Ministry and Missional Leadership
    • November 13, 2012 in Kelly Steffen

    Bottled Water – Jesus Brand

    A number of months ago, my wife and I had a conversation over a bottled water system that we have in our home.  The bottles were getting expensive, difficult to replace and we wondered why we  just shouldn’t drink from the taps. We observed that the H20 that was coming from our taps was, shall we say, “less than desirable.”  There was a brownish color, a definite odor and a general sense of yuckiness that led my kids to ask, “when can we use that bottled water again, we are thirsty?”  My wife and I looked a number of various filter systems and realized that one of the most economical was a simple bio filter unit that mounted to our tap.  There is just something about living water that is attractive.

    In John 7, Jesus stands up on the last day of the feast of tabernacles and proclaims in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and have a drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.”

    I wonder if we really saw Jesus as our living water and we drank in the Spirit’s life giving words, if maybe the common bottled water of our day would be less than satiable to our pallettes. A quote from the Mishnah in keeping with this idea reads, “drink in your Rabbi’s words with thirstiness”