“Unless one is born if water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
This saying of Jesus described in John 4:5 sounds me vivid. I imagine, if human body were composed of water, where his spirit resided as a small particle of light.
On painting the humble picture above, I did not use transparency effect of the painting software. All colors have full opacity. I selected myself each of the color within the human outline so as to be somewhat lighter than the corresponding color in the background: I have poor knowledge of painting and always wondered how painters in the world could produce various transparency of water or glass with opaque oil painting pigments, and made an attempt on mocking them.
Back to the topic of water described in the Gospel of John. The remarkable event is described in the chapter 2, that Jesus turned the several big jars of water into wine. It is written as “the first miracle” that Jesus did in front of people.
Why did He do such a magic-show-like performance as His first miracle? To supply people with a tasty drink? I don’t think so. Instead I find it quite symbolic, explaining His life on the earth.
Water symbolises as above birth of a man, whereas wine does, as is widely known, blood of His. Jesus might have shown that He would soon turn His life into blood-shedding death, with His own power, in order to bless people.
I imagine the water in the Jars has not simply been replaced with the same volume of wine. It might have been turned like a chemical reaction in the flask and the center of the reaction might have been the Spirit having resided at the bottom of the vessel.
Among the description of John the Baptist in the four Gospels, I like the one in the Luke best.
“If you find something to be improved in yourself and start to improve it, that’s repentance” so told the woman pastor, about whom I wrote in the last post. “Jesus has never told anyone that he/her must repent on such-and-such. Nor John the Baptist. See the chapter 3 in the gospel of Luke. John told the tax collectors and the solders what to do, which was because they themselves asked him and John just answered.”
So I think no one could tell others “You must(not) do such-and-such, or it is anti-Christ.” It is only Jesus Himself to tell who is for or against Him.
On the other hand, you must be keen to what would be the sin in yourself. Or your will be (so painful in mind as if you were) thrown in the eternal fire.
But – I think it is important – a man cannot always tell exactly what is his sin by himself. Very often you might blame yourself unnecessarily. So the best way would be to ask always to the Lord in your prayer, “what shall we do?”
I like the scene of Luke 4:14 very much. The armed man is explained by a half-naked prophet to be content with his salary.
Last night I talked with a woman pastor.
She has a distinct point of view on the Bible. Precisely, more than a single point. There were so many things that I found interesting in her talking, too many to write here now, so I will quote one thing.
If we read the Bible, we women will soon be beaten by the sin of Eve, eating the forbidden Fruit and let his husband eat one too. We might think it heavy as if this woman have owed all responsibility that mankind has been shuttered out of the Paradise.
Yet she told us, “If God had really hated Eve to eat the Fruit, He could have stopped her. God makes the history, in which people sometimes obey Him, sometimes not. How about thinking that God had sent Adam and Eve to the new World from the Garden? ”
That’s wonderful. Yet I still think that Eve had made a mistake. She was too easily talked out by the snake. She should have asked him, “So why don’t you eat it by yourself?”