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With Joy we will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Isaiah 12:6

Pastor James F. Wright

Fourth Sunday in Lent
St John Lutheran Church  
Champaign, IL

Sun, Mar 25, 2001 

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Notes for sermon: Fourth Sunday in Lent, C Isaiah 12:6

Text: With Joy we will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. Life is so dependant on water. Newspaper story said Mexico was returning water to the United States. No wonder God describes Himself as a well of salvation.

Jesus the Water of Life.

Wells are important in Israelís history

Marked boundaries and landmarks. "term watering hole"

Isaac and Moses found wives near wells. Good place to meet a wife.

Secure water supply meant prosperity. Davidís capture of Jerusalem.

Water wells symbolize Godís mercy.

Water can also bring danger and death -Flood, Red Sea

Happens to people who are unrepentant.

Jer. 2:13. My people have forsaken me; the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

Vicarage house-bad cistern, full of dirt, foul water, like the things that people trust in for salvation. drinking it brings sickness, perhaps death.

Water from Godís well brings salvation.

Jesus and the woman at the well. "If you knew the gift of God and who it is who asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." Jesus Himself is the water of salvation.

To which she said, "I have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. How true God supplies us.

Jesus, the Water of Salvation.

Story of the dog with the bone who looked at reflection in the water. Look down the well of God and you will see Jesus in there.

where was Joseph, Jeremiah prisoner? in a well.

Because of our sins we are also prisoners, but Jesus traded places.

Now Jesus has changed the pit of despair into the well of rejoicing. We can pull up bucketfuls of grace. Our baptism into Christ, the water of repentance brings joy and power from God. Nothing as good as a cool glass of water on a hot day.

As Moses brought water from the rock, now good ness is able to flow from us by the Holy Spiritís power and the gifts and fruits of the spirit.

God is the fountain of Life. This is illustrated in the forgiving father story. Go to Jesus, the well of salvation, when you are thirsty, and you will thirst no more. The peace of God that surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Amen.



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