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The Gospel in a Glass
'Can You Stop The RAIN?'
Rain. Imagine it’s raining all over the world. The rain gives life to all things. It is refreshing! It washes clean. It satisfies thirst.
Imagine God is the rain.
One day, God made two glasses and they were filled with His rain. God told them never to pour even a drop of their water into the roots of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; for if they did, their glasses would break, sending all of their water into the ground. However, along came Satan who told them, “God lied to you. I tell you the truth: surely, if you pour your water into the roots of the forbidden tree, your glasses will never break and, in fact, you will then become part of the rain itself!” They believed Satan and did as he said, except their glasses were now empty and he rushed to place a cover over them so they would not be able to be filled with God’s rain ever again.
Soon the world was filled with covered glasses. They were crying out to God because they were empty and thirsty. God told them a Savior would one day come to make the way to remove their covers so they could once again be filled with His rain. In the meantime, those who had faith in the coming Savior were to break a glass* each year to pass their sins over to the next until He comes.
The day finally came for the Savior to be born. Because of what happened to the first glasses, God decided His glass would not be born of two covered glasses, else He would be covered as well. His glass would be special, for He would be born of the rain itself and a covered glass, so He would not have a cover! He was born the only glass in the world without one. The rain continued to fall and He was filled to overflow at all times.
Satan, once again, tried to tempt the Savior to obey him so as to cover His glass. But, because this glass was born of God, He did not believe Satan's lies and remained uncovered, full of life-giving rain!
As the Savior ventured out to the glasses of the world, He would say things like “The rain is greater than I, and the rain itself is within Me.” He would share His water with those who were empty and thirsty and told them He would soon remove their covers, if they just believe in Him. People everywhere flocked to the Savior to be relieved of their thirst and be filled with hope. He continually shared His water with everyone He met, yet because His glass didn’t have a cover, it was never empty!
His message spurred some of the covered glasses to destroy Him. He was becoming more powerful than they and attracted far too much attention. Who was He to claim that He could take away their covers? Why hadn't He done so? Surely, He was a liar! The day finally came when they succeeded in breaking His glass! What they didn’t know is that He represented all of the glasses that had been broken* before Him. They didn’t know His glass was the last to be broken as a sacrifice for sin. What made His glass different from all the others broken before*? His glass was born of the rain and did not have a cover! While the covered glasses snidely swept His broken glass into a tomb, they didn’t know His water had returned to the rain! They were relieved to think this liar had been destroyed. Now, all the glasses in the world were still covered, just as before; the commotion was gone!
However, three days later, the tomb was empty! There were no pieces of glass to be found! The Savior appeared to all who believed in Him. His message was clear; His water had returned to the rain, which restored His glass and had given Him life! He once again said that all who believe in Him and His message would soon have their covers removed and hope in the same glory! He promised to return one day to collect all their water, but in the meantime the rain would be with them and in them, and they were to spread the good news until He comes again! Then, He returned to the rain and disappeared from sight.
Just a few days later (at the feast of Pentecost), a great wind blew through the land. Thousands of glasses who believed lost their covers and were filled with the rain! They shared their water with all who were empty and thirsty, just as the Savior did; and like Him, their glasses never ran dry! Glasses all over the world believed and lost their covers and were filled with God’s rain! They rejoiced in the hope of returning to the rain one day, too, just as the Savior promised!
Surely, as soon as their covers were removed, Satan tried to get them to pour out their water, but they knew what happened to the first glasses and refused to believe him! They never wanted to to be empty and thirsty again!
The covered glasses now had a bigger problem. They sought to break as many of the uncovered glasses as they could. They didn't believe the claim that the rain would give life to them! They were liars, just like the Savior. Some devised a plan to deceive those who were empty and thirsty so they would simply keep their covers. They decided to collect bits of water from the uncovered glasses, filling themselves up. Surely, their outer glasses were clean because of the rain, just like the uncovered ones. But over time their water became stagnant because they were yet covered! Likewise, anyone who drank from their water became sick. In fact, the polluted water began to destroy the very glasses that contained it, as well as those who drank of it! Eventually, their glasses burst and the smelly water drained into the sewers of the land.
Still today, multitudes of glasses remain covered, empty and thirsty. Many are satisfied drinking water from those glasses that are filled. Some drink from the uncovered glasses; some drink from the covered ones. The difference is, one is drinking of life-giving rain; the other is drinking of polluted water unto death. Either way, each glass must have its cover removed so the water doesn't stagnate! The Truth is, the Savior will come again soon to separate the uncovered glasses from the covered. He will pour the water of each glass into one of two pools: the pool of life-giving rain or the pool of polluted water, which will be drained into the ground.
Do you believe? Are you empty and thirsty? Is the water in you growing stagnant? Do you want to be filled with the Living Water, the rain that will continually refresh you and give you life? Are you willing to share with others, letting them taste of the goodness of God? If so, I invite you to read my hubs, Come to JESUS: Salvation and Water to Wine: More Than A Miracle! These will explain what it means to be “born again”. As an infant in Christ, know that He becomes your Father and will teach you and guide you into maturity through His Word.
I pray all my hubs will help you along the way. This is one way I share the Living Water of God with others. If you’re only able to taste right now, continue to read. Listen to His Word; for faith (believing) comes by hearing the Word of God. By doing this, the time will come when your faith is strong enough to pray and ask God to take away your cover and fill you with His Living Rain, a spring that overflows, cleanses you from the inside out, refreshes and gives new life every minute of every day!
SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATION (For Reference Only)
Deu 32:2 “Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As the droplets on the fresh grass And as the showers on the herb.”
Mat 5:45b “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Ez 22:24 “Son of man, say to her, 'You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.'”
Gen 2:17 “but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die."
Gen 3:5 “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
2 Cor 4:3-4 “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
*2 Chr 35:6 “Now slaughter the Passover animals, sanctify yourselves and prepare for your brethren to do according to the word of the LORD by Moses."
John 1:29 “The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’”
Luke 1:35 "The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God."
Mat 4:1 "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil."
John 14:28 “You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
Col 2:9 “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.”
John 4:13-14 “Jesus answered and said to her, 'Everyone who drinks of this water [of the earth's well] will thirst again;but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
Mat 12:14 “But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.”
Mark 2:7 “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?"
1 Cor 2:8 “But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.”
Luke 24:12 “But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.”
Acts 13:30-31 “But God raised Him from the dead, and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people.”
2 Cor 4:14 “knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.”
John 14:3b "I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also."
John 14:17 "that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you."
Acts 1:4-5 “Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
Acts 1:8-9 "but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight."
Acts 2:2, 41 “And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting”…“So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.”
Mat 13:19 "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart."
2 Cor 11:14-15 “No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.”
1 Thes 2:14b-15 “For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men…”
Ez 14:10 “And they shall bear their punishment—the punishment of the [false] prophet and the punishment of the inquirer shall be alike—“
Mark 2:22 “No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well.”
Mat 25:32-34, 41 “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels’”.
Rev 22:17 “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”
Ps 34:8 “O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
John 3:7 “Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'”
1 Pet 2:2 “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.”
Eph 2:8a “For by grace you have been saved through faith.”
Rom 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”
John 16:24 “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”
Luke 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”