Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
What is Advent?
During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning.
7A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8(His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
Living Water refers to Holy Spirit
…Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the paraclete from the Greek word parakletos …which translates to helper, guide or comforter.
Theme: God’s love and grace is not only comforting but through the Holy Spirit has power to transform us.
In Titus 3:5,6 - He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
I believe Jesus is calling us in the same way that Jesus encountered the Women at the Well. Jesus wants us to encounter him. To not only see him for who he is but for us to experience him in our hearts this Advent and Holiday season.