Scripture Reading: John 4:3–14
A. Water is one of the most abundant substances on the planet, and yet, so far as we know, ours is the only planet on which it is found.
B. Water has played a tremendous role in human history, since man has always been forced to settle near an adequate water source.
C. How sad it is that Jesus, the Creator of all things (John 1:3), was denied a single drop of water when He said, “I thirst” (John 19).
I. Water can save life or destroy it.
A. Water is essential for life to exist (cf. Genesis 2:10).
B. Water can save life (1 Peter 3:20; Exodus 14:29–31).
C. Water can destroy life (2 Peter 3:5–6; Exodus14:26–28).
II. Jesus has demonstrated His power over water.
A. He created water (John 1:1–3; Genesis 1:6–8).
B. Jesus turned water to wine (John 2), stilled the raging waters of Galilee (Mark 4), and walked on water (Mark 6).
III. While water cannot wash away our sins, Jesus can!
A. Jesus proved His power to forgive sins (Matthew 9:1–8).
B. While there is no power in water to wash away sins (cf. Matthew 27:24), there is power in the blood (Revelation 1:5; Matthew 26:28)!
C. Our sins are washed away when the blood is applied through baptism (Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3–4).
D. Again our Lord has requested water. Will we refuse?
A. The “living water” that Jesus offered to the Samaritan woman He is offering to each of us still today (Revelation 22:17).
B. This is an offer that will someday expire (Luke 16:24).
C. What is hindering you from accepting the water of life?