I have done a previous blog post about the importance of water, but I felt a tug on my heart to write another one; focusing primarily on John Chapter 4.
I have one question to ask: what is making you thirsty? I am not talking about if you just ate salty foods or if you are extremely sweaty from working out. What is making your heart thirsty? What are your goals? What is something you are chasing constantly after? A more direct question, what idol are you creating above God? Let us dig right into the lesson.
John 4 brings us to Jesus traveling to Judea as He is practicing baptism with His disciples. However, Jesus heard of the Pharisees speaking about Him and He knew He needed to relocate. Jesus stops at a well through a Samaritan town near Sychar, and grows tired and weary. Can we think more on that for a second. Jesus is the Son of God, but yet His human form makes Him feel the same human attributes we deal with. That is comforting to know that Jesus chose to endure the same physical and emotional aspects that we do! (See also Hebrews 4:16). Continuing, Jesus is approached by a Samaritan woman around noon. He asks her to give Him something to drink, and this was her response: “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Keep in mind that this woman has no idea she is speaking to the Messiah!! Crazy! Jesus replies, “If only you knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give to you.” After the woman had heard this, she employed on the fact that there was no bucket she could use to retrieve this water. The well also was placed there as a symbol of Jacob. Jesus again replies to the woman, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” The Samaritan woman replies with excitement, “Please sir, give me this water! Then I will never be thirsty again!”
Jesus, being of God, knew every part of this woman. He then tells her to fetch her husband, but she replies that she does not have one, but Jesus knew she had five! After the Samaritan woman heard this, she ran to the town and yelled, “Come see the man who knew every part of my life! Could this be the Messiah?”
Can you imagine being that woman? Approached by Jesus as He was weak and tired and asked you to give Him water? What is so profound to me is Jesus could have had all the waters of the earth flow into Him is a quick second, but He wanted that woman to be quenched before Him. He wanted her to know that she never had to keep trying to fulfill herself with dirty, world water, instead of the spiritual water God promises us. He loves you and wants you to seek and drink from His eternal well.