| Quote #1
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." (NRSV 4:13-15)
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. (KJV John 4:13-15)
Eternal life sounds so refreshing. Why does Jesus choose water here as the metaphor? And while we're at it, what is it a metaphor for?
| Quote #2
"You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life." (NRSV 5:39-40)
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (KJV 5:39-40)
Jesus lays the smack down on the religious authorities yet again. He thinks that they need to get their nose out of those (holy) books and recognize that God, and the secret to eternal life, is right in front of them.
| Quote #3
"This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day." (NRSV 6:40)
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV 6:40)
What does "raised up" mean? Will we be brought back from the dead? Or just lifted up into the heavenly realms? Either way, life after death is looking pretty good in the Gospel of John.