The True Water of Life
May 31, 2020

We recall the Feast of Pentecost, fifty days after our Lord’s resurrection. In
God’s wisdom, this is one of the feasts all were required to attend in
Jerusalem. In this way God provided for the largest gathering from the farthest
reaches where His people lived in order to discover what Pentecost was really
all about. We hear the Word of God spoken to us in our own language, that
powerful, mighty Word through which the Holy Spirit creates and strengthens
the gift of saving faith in us. This faith is like living water flowing through our
entire being bringing the refreshment of the forgiveness of all of our sins and a
new and godly purpose for the living of our days. The water Jesus gives is the
true water of life.

“Rise, Shine, You People” [LSB 825]
Rise, shine, you people!
Christ the Lord has entered Our human story; God in him is centered.
He comes to us, by death and sin surrounded with grace unbounded.

See how he sends the pow’rs of evil reeling;
He brings us freedom, light and life and healing.
All men and women, who by guilt are driven, now are forgiven.

Come, celebrate; your banners high unfurling,
Your songs and prayers against the darkness hurling.
To all the world go out and tell the story of Jesus’ glory.

Tell how the Father sent the Son to save us.
Tell of the Song, who life and freedom gave us.
Tell how the Spirit calls from ev’ry nation God’s new creation.

Psalm 25:1-15
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in you I trust; let me not be
put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. 3 Indeed, none who wait for
you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly
treacherous. 4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
teach me your paths. 5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the
God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. 6 Remember your mercy,
O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. 7
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your
steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD! 8
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. 9 He
leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. 10 All the
paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his
covenant and his testimonies. 11 For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my
guilt, for it is great. 12 Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he
instruct in the way that he should choose. 13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land. 14 The friendship of the LORD is for
those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. 15 My eyes
are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

John 7:37–39
37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud
voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes
in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to
receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given since Jesus had not yet
been glorified.

       The Holy Spirit showed Himself in dramatic fashion on that first
Pentecost. The Holy Spirit was present, God’s Word was preached, and 3000
were brought to faith by the Spirit through the Word. Ultimately when we are
talking about Pentecost, we are talking about faith in our Savior Jesus Christ.
This is what is being presented in Jesus’ words, “Let anyone who is thirsty
come to me and drink.” (John 7:37)  We need faith to work through the
ongoing pandemic, and the protests, and the violence of the past week. The
answers will not come from ourselves but from our God who cares for us.  
Violence comes from hate and the only true answer is God’s love shown most
dramatically in Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for our sins and His
resurrection to prove His victory over sin, death, and Satan’s power.  John
writes about this love as he records Jesus’ words. “A new commandment I
give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are
to love one another.” (John 13:34)  Jesus loved us enough to die for us.  Our
response to difficult times based on God’s love is what can we do to help
others.  Maybe that is what James meant when he writes, “Show me your faith
apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:
18)  What we believe needs to be reflected in what we do, that is how we will
best influence what goes on around us.  Our best influence comes through our
faith and our strength to endure will also come through that same faith. Jesus’
words give us promise and assurance. “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture
has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38)  Our faith
comes from God and God can use that faith to reach others. “Let your light
shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to
your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9–13
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy
will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and
forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.    Numbers 6:24–26

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Devotion 5/31/2020