The Living Water

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John 4:13-14

Jesus replied, “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.

It was noon, the other women drew their water in the morning and evening, she knew no one would be there. The stares, the whispers, the hatred of who she was burned in their eyes. That is why she waited, despite the heat of the day. You see, this woman was a Samaritan. This mixed race was hated by the Jews. Even worse though, she was living in sin. She had 5 previous husbands and was living with another. Her reputation was beyond repair, no respectable Jewish man would ever talk to a woman like her.

It was an ordinary day. Her intentions were to go to the well, get her water and go on with her day. As she approached the well, she was startled by a Jewish man that asked her for a drink of water. The woman questioned him, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are You asking me for a drink?” (vs. 9) Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask Me, and I would give you living water.” (vs. 11)

Living water? Who are You to be greater than our ancestor Jacob? Jesus answered, “Anyone who drinks from this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh and bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (vs. 13-14) “Please sir!” she replied. She was very interested in this water! It would make her life so much easier, she would not have to come the well again! However, the woman had misunderstood.

Jesus asked her to go get her husband, but she had to tell Him that she did not have one. To her surprise, He already knew that. He also knew she had 5 husbands and was living with another. She quickly began to try and sidetrack Him with how the Jews thought Jerusalem was the only place of worship but Jesus was not having it! He told her,” The time will come when it will not matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming, indeed it is here now, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” (vs. 21-24)

This Man is the MESSIAH!  She ran off toward the village, leaving her water jar beside the well telling everyone about the Man who told her everything she ever did. The people began to follow this Samaritan woman to the well to meet the Messiah.

I wonder, how long had it been since this Samaritan woman had been spoken to in public. I am often guilty of backing away from the controversial, those with drug addictions, those reeking from their alcoholism, you know the ones.. Jesus came not to seek those who were ‘healthy’ and ‘well’ but for those who were ‘sick’ and needed a healer. So, I wonder, am I fervently spreading the Gospel the way Jesus did. With no holding back.. or am I staying within the neutral colored walls of my church, engrossed in my feel good Bible studies, enjoying my padded pew?  My husband preached this sermon Sunday morning in a little Beattyville Church. First came shame, then repentance, now I burn to tell others about this Man named Jesus that offers us an eternal drink of water. Join me. Right now. Go find them and tell them about Jesus!

Till next time!

Water in hand,

Shana

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One Comment

  1. shelly
    Posted February 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Shana, I too have been guilty of being a type of “Samaritan” woman, as well as ignoring other types of “Samaritan” women–people in general. Thankfully, my Lord forgives. So must we. Then perhaps we can see how much we have in common with “her.” We simply tend to color code it. Some white–for the little lie. Some grey–for the stuff that we simply don’t want to deal with (in ourselves and others). You get the picture. Sin is sin…it all stinks in His nostrils. At the foot of the cross, there is only level ground. Thank you for the reminder to share Him as we go!

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