The Thirst for the Promise

John 4:3-15 (KJV) brings Jesus to Jacob’s Well and His conversation with the Samaritan woman. To really understand this passage, you must picture the scene. Jesus left Judea with his disciples and is walking towards Galilee. It was customary for Jews to take the longer route to avoid Samaria. The Samaritans and Jews were enemies.

The Jews and Samaritans were involved in a dispute over where God’s people should worship. The Samaritans were a combination of Jews who were allowed to remain after the Assyrians conquered Israel and Gentiles brought in to settle the land. They worshipped both the Jewish God and pagan gods. The Samaritan Jews believed that a mountain on their land was where God intended for Jews to worship. The Jews of Judah believed that God wanted his people to worship in Jerusalem.

It was customary for Jews to take the longer route to get to Galilee and avoid Samaria which was between Judea and Galilee. Jesus took the shorter route grew weary and stopped at Jacob’s Well in a town called Sychar. He sent His disciples to fetch food for the evening meal.

While sitting on the edge of the well, a woman from the town came to draw water. She was surprised to find anyone there so late in the day and doubly surprised to have a Jew talk to her. He asked her for a drink of the water from the well. The woman questioned why a Jew would talk to her. Jesus answered, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” (John 4:10, KJV)

The woman did not understand Jesus’ request as illustrated by her next comment, “Sir, thou hasn’t nothing to draw with, and the well is deep from whence then hast thou that living water?” (John 4:11, KJV) “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14, KJV)

The living water Jesus mentioned is not drinking water as found in the well, but the Holy Spirit to satisfy the thirsty soul. Isaiah 12:3, “… with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” (KJV) Jesus says in John 6:35, “… I am the bread of life he that cometh to me shall never hunger and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (KJV) The gift being offered to her had no meaning because she could only see His inability to draw water from the well.

We live in a world where people thirst for a better life. They thirst for salvation from the catatonic evolution of this world controlled by Satan. People today are lost in the desert of deception, lies, and false hope. Jesus is the light in the darkness bringing the Word of God and living waters to the thirsty soul. He who drinks of this water will never thirst, because this water that Christ gives shall be in him a well of water. Take of the living waters and be refreshed. The waters offered by Christ will cause the believer to never thirst again. Christ offers waters that flow from the well of water within the believer. Stop wondering in the desert, lost, stumbling and dying of thirst.

So many mirages appear, and we run to them only to be disappointed once we get there with nothing but lies and deceit. As we lift our heads from the last mirage, we see Jesus sitting by the well offering the water of life. We hesitate because there have been so many mirages. Do you use your last strength to stumble your way to Jesus at the well or choose what looks like an oasis only a little further with large palms, a lake, and inviting food?

Which would you choose?

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