WHAT MUST WE DRINK? (Part 1)
Our Scripture reading is taken from the Gospel of John where JESUS said:
“Whoever DRINKS of this water will thirst again, but whoever DRINKS of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13).
We give thanks be to the Almighty Creator and our heavenly Father for His goodness and for His wonderful works towards us. This is because He is the One who satisfied our longing “soul” and filled our hungry “soul” with His goodness (Psalm 107:8-9) through our LORD Jesus Christ whose “LOVE” for us is indescribable.
In our two (2) previous studies of (The True Living Bread & Water), we first learnt about “WHAT MUST WE EAT?” And secondly, after knowing what we are supposed to “EAT” which is the “Word” of God, we learnt another topic which we completed few days ago with the title “THE WORD OF GOD IS SWEET.” So I stated in the previous message that there is something very important which we must study in addition because it is a follow up to these two (2) previous topics. Without it our study will be incomplete and lacking.
So I hope you now understand the reason why our new study topic is “WHAT MUST WE DRINK?” Now let’s come to our daily lives. In our everyday living, we EAT food that is delicious and palatable to our taste. But the truth is that we can never survive with such a food without drinking water irrespective of its SWEETNESS. Therefore whenever we EAT our meals, whether it is breakfast, lunch or supper, we still need to DRINK water in order to feel comfortable and complete. It is the same spiritually.
If so, then “WHAT MUST WE DRINK” spiritually? To answer this question, we must know that there are two (2) types of DRINKS. We have:
1. DRINK as a beverage such as wine which includes champagnes and other drinks whether soft, alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
2. We also have water as a DRINK.
For this reason, most of the time when the dining table is set, it is not only FOOD that we find on the table to EAT, but we also take some wine or soft drink. In addition to this, we also DRINK water to help in the digestion of the FOOD and to quench our thirst. This is the same spiritually. Therefore when King David says before God that, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies...” (Psalm 23:5), we must understand.
Jesus Christ is the One who set the “table” before us, and He invited us and told us, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you EAT the flesh of the Son of Man and DRINK His blood, you have no life in you... For My flesh is FOOD indeed, and My blood is DRINK indeed” (John 6:53,55). So we can see clearly here that Jesus Himself set the spiritual dinning “table” before us, and He told us that if we really want to gain eternal life, then we have no other choice than to “EAT” His flesh and “DRINK” His blood.
But He did not end with that, but He also gave us the spiritual life-giving “water” to “DRINK.” That’s why He telling us in our Scripture reading that whoever “DRINKS” of the “water” that He will give him will never thirst, but it will become in him a fountain of “water” which springs up into “everlasting life.”
So concerning what we must “DRINK,” they are of two types. First of all we must “DRINK” the blood of Jesus after eating His flesh as FOOD through which He took away the sin of the world when He was baptized, and we must also “DRINK” the “living water” that He gave us. But what at all is this living “water” which Jesus gave us to “DRINK”?
This “water” refer to the “Holy Spirit.” Therefore it is written, “On that day, that great day of the FEAST, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me,