Boyd Hunt liked the word “always.” Dr. Hunt taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He had a way of putting eschatological issues in perspective. Navigating the always predictive nature of conversations that circle these matters he inserted the word, “always.” So, when the claim would come in 1988 that Jesus is coming, Dr. Hunt would have inserted “‘always.” (Some of you may remember the little book, 88 Reasons Why Jesus Is Coming Back in 1988.) The issue is one of re-setting what is important.
Walking through Red Rock Canyon with Patty and Tommie we happened upon this water pump. Campers will always need this water. November temperatures may not make water the same kind of necessity as August in Oklahoma. But, there were campers and there is always a need for water.
When Jesus talked about “living water” there is little doubt “always” was in view. Not only would the source always be available, but no matter the swirling rhetoric and the mis-understanding of his mission, Jesus would always be offering water we always need.