The font of grace, John 7:37-52
20th Mar 2019
The Provenance of Jesus
The Great Wave by Hokusai 1829
It is impossible to ignore the impact of water in our lives, we can’t live without it that’s a fact!
This woodblock print by the artist Hokusai depicts water in a vibrant and visual form.
Jesus uses the imagery of “living water” to reveal his heart’s desire, that any who are spiritually thirsty might drink and retain the water he offers through the Holy Spirit. To the Samaritan woman at the well, his water would be an endless source of life for her, as it is for us.
For the disciples in the boat, the storm threatens to overcome them and is calmed in an instant by Jesus, Hokusai visually shows us the power of the water as the little boats are thrown around the waves.
Jesus’s ministry of healing and teaching was well known and a challenge to those in authority. Finding himself in the firing line again he steps aside from the accusations and questioning from the religious police, the Pharisees and “others” by reinforcing what he has said before.
Yet they still try to discredit him. It’s a human instinct to want proof before we can believe and this is also true in the field of art. The value of a piece of work is directly related to its provenance, its history; who owned it and line of successive owners, and if the artist can be verified as the true artist.
The provenance of Jesus is clearly described in Matthew 1 chapter 16 “and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah”
Even with written proof of his place of birth and lineage the Pharisees are determined to undermine, even devalue Jesus, by quoting law and proclaiming him guilty. They know the power of what He is promising to those who follow Him.
Our faith assures us of a personal relationship with Jesus through this living water. Even when we are dry and thirsty we read His words to receive our new flow of revelation, healing and love. He offers us the chance to be born again of water and spirit!
He promises us enough for ourselves and more that will overflow to others. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says”