Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. Proverbs 25:25
Water is naturally cold; and is very refreshing to one athirst through heat: or, “to a weary soul” to one wearied with labour; or to a traveller weary with travelling, especially in hot countries, as in the deserts of Arabia, or humid lands of Southeast Asia, or in places where it is rare to meet with a brook, stream, or fountain of water; which, when he does, it is exceeding pleasant and agreeable to him.
So [is] good news from a far country; so acceptable is it to hear from a friend in a distant part of the world, and particularly to hear good news of him.
It is our hope that through ChristianBlessings the cold living water of the good news of Jesus Christ will come to many readers in far off countries where the gospel has never been heard before and so touch lives to reconcile them with God and bring peace of God to their lives.
Such is the Gospel; it is good news, and glad tidings of good things; it brings the good news of the grace, and favour, and good will of God to men; of his appointment and provision of a Saviour for them; of the incarnation of Christ; of salvation being wrought out by him for the chief of sinners, which is free, full, and for ever; and of peace, pardon, righteousness, and eternal life, through him and this comes “from a far country”; from heaven, the better country than Canaan, which was a type of it, or any country in this world, and which is afar from hence.
The Gospel comes from God in heaven, and it is a report concerning that; it is good news to saints, of an estate they have there, an inheritance, a house, a city and kingdom prepared for them there: this news is brought by the prophets of the Old Testament, who diligently inquired of salvation by Christ; by the angels at Christ’s incarnation; by John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ; by Christ himself, who was anointed to preach good tidings to the meek; and by his apostles, and all the faithful ministers of the word: and the message they bring is good news; not to carnal and self-righteous persons, but to sensible sinners; and to them it is as cold waters to a weary or thirsty soul; it assuages the heat of the law, and the wrath that works in the conscience; it quenches the thirst of carnal things, and after a man’s own righteousness; it revives and refreshes his weary drooping spirits, and fills him with a joy unspeakable and full of glory; as Jacob’s spirits were revived on hearing the good news of Joseph, ( Genesis 45:26-28 ) .
May the souls of many in third world countries in spiritual darkness come to see the Light of the world and drink from the fountain that never runs dry with the water of everlasting life. May repentance from sin by sinners and forgiveness from Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, come true even today to the glory of God.
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” John 12:32
Faith Child, let us lift the Name of Jesus higher in all the earth that we may see the fulfilment of what Jesus said, that He will draw all men to Himself. Amen.
Lift Jesus Higher! among the children
Higher, higher, higher among the teens
Lift Jesus higher among the women
and the world.
Look at the context. By quoting John 12:32, we are essentially saying we should crucify Jesus again so that He “will draw all men unto” Him. It is not our exaltation of Jesus that draws anyone to God; it is the death of Jesus and God’s exaltation of Him for His obedience which draws all people to Him Philippians 2:6-11. If Jesus had not humbled Himself and took on our sins upon that cross, no amount of our exaltations and honor would draw anyone to God and we would still be dead in our sins. May we reflect on the humility of Jesus and His sacrifice (rather than our deeds) as He was lifted up upon the cross to draw all people to a relationship with God.Reference: John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible