Jn.4:10 – Jesus replied to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Water is a huge commodity that we take for granted in our modern world. I learned a little of this lesson in our days at Bible School. Our school received its water from a well; the problem was the well had become contaminated and took some time and money to have it fixed. The solution was that we had to haul water from across the highway for our personal use until the well was fixed. This became a huge part of our daily routine. That’s how it is in many parts of the world today, drawing and carrying water back to your home. That’s how it was for this Samaritan woman. Jesus used this problem as a teaching opportunity. “Come to Me and I will give you Living Water”. This is the universal offer of Christ that remains today, “Come and drink and you will never thirst again. Here is how Barclay describes this story.
“(The Jews) often spoke of the thirst of the soul for God; and they often spoke of quenching that thirst with living water. Jesus was not using terms that were bound to be misunderstood; he was using terms that anyone with spiritual insight should have understood. In the Book of Revelation, that promise is: ‘To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life’. The Lamb is to lead them to springs of living waters. The promise was that the chosen people would draw water with joy from the wells of salvation. The psalmist spoke of his soul being thirsty for the living God. God’s promise was: ‘I will pour water on the thirsty land’. The summons was that everyone who was thirsty should come to the waters and freely drink. Jeremiah’s complaint was that the people had forsaken God who was the fountain of living waters and had dug out broken cisterns which could hold no water. Ezekiel had had his vision of the river of life. In the new world, there would be a cleansing fountain opened. The waters would go forth from Jerusalem.”
Living away from Christ and trying to draw the satisfaction of life from other things consumes most peoples’ whole life. This is a frustrating and unsatisfying way to live. Drink from the wells of Jesus, drink in the water of His Spirit and you will never thirst again.