|W||John 4:13-15 New International Version (NIV)
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
|O||Here in this passage of scripture we see Jesus having a conversation with a nameless woman. It appears that the conversation is about water…being thirsty. The woman is referencing the literal meaning of craving for water to drink. She was eager to receive water so she would never have to thirst again. However, Jesus had something else in mind. He was speaking to her figuratively about water. He offered spiritual water where no man would ever thirst again—that living water being the Spirit. For no man by receiving grace from the Holy Spirit will ever thirst again. Jesus was concerned about her spiritual life—salvation that can only come from believing in Him.|
|R||At the beginning of John chapter 4, we find Jesus sitting down at a well because He was todd from traveling! Yes, Jesus was “todd” (translation: “todd” is how we pronounce “tired” where I’m from…LOL!) He sparks up a conversation with a lady who came to the well to draw water. He kindly asked her for a drink. Instead of giving Him water upon request, she gave Him attitude! Let’s look at the text (John 4:7-10):
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
It is evident that the woman did not want anything to do with Him, especially since she was a Samaritan and Jesus a Jew. That did not deter Jesus from His purpose at that moment. Jesus did not allow their differences or even her attitude to get in the way of why the two had crossed paths. Their encounter was no coincidence. This was a divine appointment orchestrated by God. I believe Jesus had her in mind and knew that she would be at that exact place at that exact time.
You see, what I learned from reading this chapter is very encouraging: JESUS MADE TIME FOR HER. The Master teacher—who preached to thousands of people—made time to teach to an individual. A woman. A Samaritan. A person who Jesus knew wasn’t living right (John 4:16-18):
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
I love how Jesus just casually told her about her “situation” (lady you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband…lol!) Most people would have become defensive, but she didn’t (John 4:19). It is apparent that her encounter with Jesus was life changing. One can conclude there was a transformation in her life: acknowledgement that Jesus is the way to salvation, recognizing her sin and need for a Savior, repenting, and telling others about her faith. John 4:39-42 tells us many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
Jesus knew her background and her circumstances. Yet, all of that did not matter to Him. He was concerned about HER. This passage shows how much Jesus cares about individuals. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from or what you have going on in your life. He cares.
Notice how He was there waiting for her. Just like He is waiting on each and every one of us. Jesus pursues us. Patiently waiting for us to come to Him. It interesting that this woman does not have a name. Could it be that this woman is symbolic? A representation of me and you? I believe so.
I strongly believe that all of us, at some point in our lives, have a divine appointment with the Savior. The question is whether or not we will receive it. How will we RSVP to his invitation for salvation? Will we receive the free gift of grace and mercy? Or will we decline? God never forces Himself on anyone. He is willing to meet us where we are. The choice is up to us: to stay thirsty or nah?
May we open our hearts to receive Your love, Your grace, and Your mercy that You freely give. May we hunger and thirst for righteousness. Nothing is hidden from You. You know all about us. Thank You for understanding our weaknesses. May we come boldly to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Thank You for salvation. Thank You for Your love. A love so deep that You came down from heaven to save us.
In Jesus’ name, Amen