God spoke to his people through his prophet Jeremiah, saying, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Jeremiah 2:13
Later, Jesus spoke from his Father saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38)
Jesus is the water of life by virtue of his relationship with his Father who is “the spring of living water”. Jesus remains the water of life because he remains in right relationship with his Father. He has never turned from the spring of living water to ‘cisterns’ of his own making.Tempted by Satan to a life apart from God, he remained faithful to his Father.
No other has ever remained true to the source of life.
Separated since birth, we all lived apart from him until, either by Grace through faith in Christ we have been reconciled with him, or we have continued apart from him, perhaps even consciously rejecting him, choosing instead from a world of alternatives that in the end have only confirmed us in our separation from him and from Life.
We have attempted to build our lives on other foundations than Christ, following designs of our own and the results always reflect that eventually.
When we say that the meaning of my life rests in myself alone or in my family, or in my work, or in my wealth alone, or in the worship of another god, or the denial of gods entirely, we define ourselves by those things.
Whatever worth they possess they are not sources of Life.
What properly defines us is the source of our life, God, and the state of our relationship with him.
We have enduring worth only because we have worth with God.
This worth, the meaning of our life, is not just something we feel.
It is a quality we possess; our condition.Furthermore, since everything exists in relation to God as its creator, then everything matters first because it matters to him, according to the purpose that he has given it.
We are a part of God’s world, a part of his life, by his choice; not by accident or our will but by his design, by his creative intent, by his will.Though our sin (our rejection of God) affects the nature of our relationship with God, we nevertheless possess meaning first only through our relationship to him.
We all possess meaning, only in Christ or apart from him.
We have meaning because we have been created for and remain forever in, relationship to God, in one form or another….
‘He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”’ Revelation 21:5-8