Jesus answered, “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.
Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem… yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am He.
~ John 4:13-15, 4:21-26
Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
~ John 6:35
Remember: Jesus is NOT a man. He is God Himself, made visible in His one and only bodily form; the immortal Creator of everything, putting on mortality and coming through the womb of the virgin — not the product of her body, but simply coming forth through it as a vessel. Crucified that we might find forgiveness for our sins, and raised from the dead, immortal once more.
Because of our Lord’s sacrifice — hint: the sacrifice IS Himself! — salvation is offered freely to every man who has ever lived. But it is up to each individual to take hold of it, or to reject it. We are all born with our names written in the Book of Life. And only we can blot our names out. God doesn’t take our name out — WE do.
Christ is not a last name. Christ means “Messiah”, and according to the Old Testament, the Messiah was to be God Himself. And the word Son means “form”. Jesus is the FORM of God, not His offspring. I don’t know who would ever want to worship a god who would make someone else do his dirty work for him. Not me. Isaiah 7:14: “The Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.” Don’t ignore the footnote: Immanuel means “God with us”.
Also see Isaiah 53, specifically verse 5: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
Jesus is Lord, Truth and Love made visible in mortal form.
Remember His command: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ~ Matthew 22:37-40
Today’s paintings are: Carl Heinrich Bloch’s “The Woman at the Well”, between 1865–79; Hendrick de Clerck’s “Feeding the Five Thousand”, about 1590; and Nicolas Bertin’s “The Resurrection of Christ”.