Friday – October 4, 2019 – The Living Water
John 4:10-15 (NIV) 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.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him 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.”
We’ve been talking about wells and their relationship to life. It was at the sight of a well dug by a great Patriarch that one of the great stories in the Bible takes place.
The account tells of a Samaritan woman’s conversion to faith in Christ. This encounter not only changed the life of one sinner woman; it changed the lives of many other people who first heard what Jesus had done for her. Later they heard for themselves what Jesus had to say, and their lives were never the same.
There was a reconciliation that took place between two people groups who had previously had utter animosity toward each other. The hatred that the Samaritans and Jews had toward one another cannot be overstressed. What took place at the well is a picture of the reconciliation that would take place between God and all of humanity who turn to Him, trusting Jesus as their Messiah.
That encounter at the well set the stage for the great revival that took place in Samaria later in the book of Acts.
Acts 8:4-8 (NLT) 4 But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. 5 Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah. 6 Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did. 7 Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
God provided for the patriarchs, and He continued to provide for succeeding generations. The greatest provision always comes through His Son Jesus. Without being reconciled to God through Christ, nothing else matters. What would we do if the previous generations had not remained responsible to God and the succeeding generations.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that you never waste anything. Jacob dug a well many years prior to this encounter. It was there that we learn of the living water that comes from Christ and when we drink it, we will never thirst again.