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W.A.T.E.R. - Truly

Willingly Accept Truly Eternal Rivers

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
John 3:5 NASB

“Ready, Mom?” “Catch me!”
When my son was young and learning to swim we were at a summer camp pool.  There were two diving boards, one low and one high.  He was having a blast jumping off the low one and then dared to jump off the high one.  Once he stepped to the edge of the board he became unsure about proceeding.  I was down below in the water looking up at him.  I encouraged him to jump so that others could take their turns.  He didn’t budge. 

Fear took over.
I treaded in the deep water beneath the diving board and assured him that I would catch him.  After a few minutes he stepped off, landing in my arms, but the force of the impact plunged us both beneath the water. We resurfaced, gasping for breath.  Yes, that was a really dumb thing for me to do, and I’m surprised the lifeguard didn’t blow the whistle and shout a reprimand, but it was an invaluable lesson for us.  My son learned that he could trust me, and I was found to be trustworthy. Would I always be able to fulfill his trust in me?  Of course not, but I think you get the picture.
 “Truly” in the Bible has the utmost significance, unlike in our culture, where it is commonplace to use the word rather lightly and devoid of significance. Truly means: surely, trustworthy, so be it, amen, and verily.  To say it twice together, as in John 3:5, demonstrates the emphasis on absolute believability. Truly, truly means you can bank on it! Jesus does not exaggerate the truth like we are prone to do.
“Verily” comes from the root word, “veritas”, translated, truth.  Not as in interpreted truth, but absolute factual truth, of which there is only One. Jesus states, “I am the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6). There is no disputing what follows the “truly, truly”.  Jesus was adamant that the way of salvation was by water, referring to the repentance John the Baptist preached, and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, may I dare to let go of fear, as I learn to trust You completely, and jump into Your arms of safety.
Karen Sims

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