Science says we need at least four basic elements to survive: water, air, food, and light.
The Bible defines our Lord as these very elements! Jesus is the great I AM!
I AM the living water. I AM the bread of life. I AM the breath of life. I AM the light of the world.
Once again, science backs up Scripture!
The term, water of life, is used in the context of living water. In Israel, the presence of rain was associated with blessings from God. Water of Life refers to the Holy Spirit (Jeremiah 17:13). In Joel, the outpouring of God’s Spirit in the last days is closely associated with living water (Joel 2:28-29). A rabbinic insight is that living water is also understood to mean a true knowledge of God. This is certainly associated with the Holy Spirit, who teaches us God’s will by guiding and directing us in the way we should go
Jesus, in offering the Spirit (v. 39), is claiming to be able to satisfy people’s thirst for God. David prayed, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). It was a deeper understanding of God that David was thirsting for
“’He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:38-39 (NKJV
“And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:4 (NKJV)
“Jesus answered and said to her, “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 4:13-14 (NKJV)
We should ask ourselves if we are earnestly panting for living water
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 42:1-2 (NKJV)
Jesus said I Am the Bread of Life. He was not referring to physical life, but eternal life. By comparing Himself to bread, Jesus makes the point that He is essential for life. Therefore, we need to feed upon His living word, as it will nourish us spiritually.
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 (NIV)
“ I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” John 6:51 (NKJV)
“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
In Genesis 2, we discover how God created man. Our heavenly Father took the dust of the earth and formed Adam in His image. However, it was not until He had breathed into his nostrils the breath of life that Adam became a living thing. It was a very personal interaction. Unlike the universe, God did not simply speak the first man into existence.
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 (NKJV)
Man is more than mere dust. We are spirit! The breath of God is the life and power of God, given to us so that we might live to exalt Him. He is the source of all life.
We need light. With it, we see where we are going and if there are any dangers ahead. Light keeps us from stumbling. Jesus declared I AM the light of the world.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’” John 8:12 (NKJV)
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)
Surely, these four basic elements point to Jesus. We need Christ if we want to live eternally with Him in paradise. Heaven is real but so is hell. My prayer is that the Water of Life quenches your thirst and the Bread of Life feeds your spirit. May the Breath of Life energize you and fill your heart with songs of praise. The Light of the World is a loving God and He will guide your steps in the way you should go.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1 (NKJV)