While strict religious Jews traveled the long route around Samaria, Jesus had to pass through. In what is one of the longest recorded interactions of Jesus with anyone in scripture, John shares about a divine appointment between Jesus and a woman at a well. This woman mattered to Jesus. So much so, that He crossed significant religious, cultural and gender barriers just to get to her. Jesus went out of His way to reach the Samaritan woman, who was gathering water in the heat of the day, alone, with her scandalous past and shameful present. What began as a daily chore to meet her physical need of thirst, became a life-altering exchange which met the deepest need of her soul. Jesus, God in the flesh, offered healing, forgiveness, and fulfillment that changed her life forever.
Like the sinful Samaritan woman, we too are dying of thirst without God. Apart from a divine appointment with our Creator, we are searching the world over to quench this soul thirst. Always searching and never finding, until one day God shows up and reveals just how much we need His living water.
Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38
Jesus offers a gift that can never be taken from us. Not only can it not be taken, but it comes from within, His very Spirit living inside of us. And the benefits and blessings are endless.
forgiveness of sins
peace with God
access to the Father
strength in weakness
freedom from anxiety
peace in our hearts
increasing victory over sin
comfort in pain
fellowship with the saints
hope in trials
joy in all circumstances
resurrection from the dead
All that we need in this life and for all eternity is found in Jesus. Yet, even as children of God, we continue to go to worldly wells to quench our thirst. They taste good, but never satisfy for long. We run to the wells of more “things,” relationships, approval, accomplishments, entertainment, pleasure, and addictions rather than the abundant life found only in Him. Tim Keller explains,
So I ask you, what will make you happy? What will really give you a satisfying life? Almost always you will answer by thinking of something outside of you. But whatever it is that makes you say, “If I have that, if I get there, then I’ll know I’m important, then I’ll know I have significance, then I know I’ll have security”- it’s likely something outside of you. Yet Jesus says there’s nothing outside of you that can truly satisfy the thirst that is deep down inside you…
And Jesus is saying, “I can give it. I can put it into you. I can give you absolute, unfathomable satisfaction in the core of your being regardless of what happens outside, regardless of circumstances.”
Thank you Jesus for coming for us while, like the Samaritan woman, we were dead in our sins. Thank you for giving us living water which quenches our deepest thirst and never runs dry. You offer peace and joy and hope while the world delivers shame and disappointment and death. May our hearts overflow with Your grace and love to those around us, as a testimony of Your goodness. Amen.
Held by Him,