God reveals himself in so many ways. Through Scripture, through creation, through the church, through life experiences and more. In Scripture He uses many metaphors.
John 12:46 - I have come into the world as a ________, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
God put an image in our galaxy to demonstrate what Christ is to us. We call it the SUN.
The second is WATER:
John 7:37-38 - On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is ________ come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of __________ water will flow from within them.”
John 4:15-18 - The woman said to him, “Sir, ________ me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
He’s talking about a deep soul satisfaction that doesn’t depend on what is happening outside of us.
In the next few verses Jesus responds saying in essence, “The time is coming when there will no need for a physical temple in order to have access to God.”
Then Jesus drops the bomb.
John 4:26 - Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—_________ he.”
My guess is that everybody here can IDENTIFY with the adulteress, Nicodemus, or somewhere in between.
Imagine that a widow has a son she raises and puts through school and a good university with much sacrifice. And after the young man graduates from college he goes off into his career and life – and doesn’t spend time with his mother anymore.
When asked about it he replies, “I don’t have anything to do with her personally. But I turned out to be a good son of hers. I’m honest, I work hard, I help the poor, I’ve lived a good life – that’s all that matters isn’t it?”