Are you someone who tends to see the glass half full, or half empty? And if you had the chance to get your hands on a glass of water used by the pope, would you take it? One Democratic congressman from Philadelphia simply couldn’t resist.
Once Pope Francis finished delivering his recent speech to Congress, Rep. Bob Brady sprung into action. After grabbing the glass, he took it to his office and had a drink. Then his wife and two staffers also drank from the glass. Brady decided to save the rest of the water for his grandchildren, saying he would bless them with it.
Now either that water contains miraculous power, or it doesn’t. Brady seems to believe this water contains such power. And so in his mind, it made perfect sense to go for it.
If you believed there was holy water available to you, would you go for it? And would you be willing to commit your life to spreading the good news that such water truly does exist? Would you want your family and friends to know about it? Such is the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.
It was the Lord who spoke about real holy water which is available to man. This spiritual water blesses the soul with forgiveness and with righteous desires.
Jesus was speaking with a Samaritan woman when He compared water for the body with God’s holy water for the soul. “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13,14)
In order to receive this everlasting gift, you simply believe in Jesus as your Savior from sin. This is the only way to drink God’s holy water. Drinking from a glass used by Francis or some other religious leader will not benefit your soul. Instead, God invites you to come directly to the Father through the Son. And the Holy Spirit is in fact the “living water” that begins to flow in your soul once you trust Jesus to wash away your sins.
Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. (John 7:17-19)
Now if you would like some real holy water my friend, it is available to you. God made sure of it. Christ died and rose again. And then the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and filled the disciples with power to go into the world with the good news of the Gospel. (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4)
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Post.