Each year an OMS Team along with a number of other Christian groups give out free drinks of juice and gospel literature to those taking part in the annual climb of Croagh Patrick.
People do this for various reasons but mostly for religious reasons. The aim of this ministry is to share the love of Christ with the pilgrims through literature, lip and life. We praise God that all has been DONE that is required for our Salvation when Christ paid the price for the forgiveness of our sins when He died as our substitute at the Cross. We can DO nothing to merit our Salvation. Most other religions are based on DO, DO, DO to merit salvation. God’s word the Bible makes it abundantly clear in many places that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished this for us with His once for all sacrifice at the Cross of Calvary:
“For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him”. Hebrews 9:24-28
“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,” Hebrews 10:12
Therefore no one can earn their way to Heaven. Rather they must repent of their sin and put their faith and trust in Christ alone for salvation and become a follower of Him. This is the wonderful message we want to share with the pilgrims at Croagh Patrick.
In addition to the normal crowd that participate in the climb there was a group of friendly local protesters who were highlighting the need for a mains water supply this year.
I had the privilege of talking to some of the protesters and to learn about their protest. The bottom line being is that they want a clean treated water supply to their homes. They told me that currently they do not get this service. They pointed out from their point of view the absolute need for safe clean water for drinking, cooking, cleaning dishes, clothes, baths and showers etc. I totally agreed. We need water for many physical needs. Indeed we cannot survive without it. I pointed out that just as we need physical water to survive likewise we also need spiritual water to meet our spiritual thirst. This again can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus pointed this out to a Samaritan women on one occasion:
“Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4 v 1-14
The lady in question went on to accept Christ as Saviour and Lord and her spiritual thirst was met.
One hymn writer put it as follows:
Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”
Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.
There are millions in this world who are seeking
For pleasures earthly goods afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.
So my brother if the things that this world gives you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—