Scientists believe that they have found proof that water once flowed on the surface of Mars. This find is exciting, since it is widely believed that water is necessary for life, as we know it, to exist. It will be interesting to see where this discovery might lead us in our quest to better understand the universe.
Water also plays an important part in the Bible, and it is often connected to the promise of life. From the Spirit of God hovering over the waters at the beginning of creation (Genesis 1:2) to the river of the water of life flowing through heaven (Revelation 22:1), water is seen as a set of bookends in the Scripture.
In between, there are many other references to water as it pertains to life. It was through the waters of the Red Sea that the Israelite nation escaped captivity in Egypt to begin life anew in the Promised Land (Exodus 14). Jesus promised a woman at a well that he could provide her with water that would take care of her needs for all of eternity (John 4:13-14). Through the waters of baptism we can be united with Jesus, raised to live a new life (Romans 6:3-4).
Just as Jesus extended the offer to accept his life-giving water, his followers now make that plea for others to come to him. “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”—Revelation 22:17.