And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give water as a gift to the thirsty from the spring of life. Revelation 21:6
Water is a basic necessity for humanity. We need water to take bath, to wash clothes, to clean every thing that needs to be cleaned, to grow food, to drink for our inner cleansing, for cooking, we need it for many domestic uses and industrial use, and the list goes on and on. That is why water is listed among basic human needs of which all beings are entitled to.
Water is mentioned in the bible in connection with very important functions and incidences, there are many important lessons to learn from each one of them. Spiritually and physically, water has significant applications. It is linked to our key spiritual daily lessons, it is used as an object lessons of life eternal at the same time it is essential in sustaining life.
Water was there even before the world was created (Genesis 1:2) and it formed an important part of creation. 2 days of creation involved water (the second and third days) read Genesis 2:6-13. Even after all that still God placed a water source in the garden of Eden so that it can water the garden, as a source of life. Genesis 2:10 “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden…” Water is also associated to an ideal dwelling place for us. Eden was an ideal home for man, animals and even plants. Even in the desert, oasis is a where a life concentrates. God is our source of life, we need a constant connection with God to remain fresh and productive; away from God we begin to wither and eventually dry and dead.
Jesus told the Samaritan woman of the – “the living water”. That living water is the message of salvation, the good news of eternal life. Jesus referred to himself as the water of life, he came so that we may have life which was claimed by sin. We needed a source of water to rekindle life in us. So God came in Jesus to redeem us. Once we have accepted Christ we have accepted the water of life.
The word of God is also likened to water, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” Ephesians 5:26 His word replaces the filthy knowledge of sin with a refreshing knowledge of life in Christ Jesus. It reestablishes the knowledge of hope, the love of God for all sinners and his desire for his unique creation.
Baptism is another important spiritual act of spiritual cleansing and surrender to God. Jesus was baptized by water in river Jordan. (Mark 1:8 “I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”) the word of God is teaching the baptism of much water as the public demonstration of our choice to follow Christ and our inner conviction and decision to forsake sinful life. John the Baptist baptized many in river Jordan as they confessed their sins and chose to walk in the newness of life in God. Another important ordinance in church involving water, is the holy communion; this ordinance involves feet washing, a sign of reconciliation and forgiveness among members.
The redemption plan concluded with the water of life given to over-comers, as we read on the main text above, water from the spring of life will be their reward. These are those who were said to “hunger and thirst for righteousness” in Matthew 5:6
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17