Water features prominently in the first six chapters of John's gospel - always signifying the 'old way'
I have written this short hymn around this theme. The tune is "The Lord is King! Lift up your voice!"
Water was there in great supply
In giant jars to purify.
At Cana’s feast the clear first sign;
The old surpassed by this new wine.
Water was there; the Baptist dips
While waiting for his own eclipse;
The word comes thund’ring from above,
“This is my son and him I love.”
Water was there for thirty-eight;
The years he’s wasted at Sheep Gate;
But no-one helped when water stirred
‘til Jesus healed him with a word
Water was there at Jacob’s spring;
The stranger told her everything.
Beside the well with roles reversed,
He quenched her everlasting thirst.
Water was there at Galilee;
Five thousand fed beside the sea;
But when the storm clouds showed their teeth,
It’s fit to trample underneath.
The old has gone; the new is here
Dispatching doubt, defeating fear.
With trumpet sound and dreadful drums;
Behold the risen Saviour comes!