But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life” – John 4:14
When the Samaritan woman needed water, she went to the well to draw it. There she met a Jewish Man whom she didn’t know was Jesus. As she was drawing the water, He asked her for a drink. She was taken aback asking, “How can you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” because Jews didn’t have anything to do with Samaritans. Racism existed between them. The Samaritans were a mixed race resulting from intermarriages between the Israelites and the Assyrians after Samaria fell to Assyria. For the Samaritans worshipped at Mount Gerizim while the Jews believed that the rightful place of worship was in Jerusalem. Jesus explained to her that it isn’t where we worship God that’s important but how we worship Him. God wants us to worship Him in spirit and truth. Our worship must be genuine.
When Jesus asked her for a drink of water, He was thirsty. It was her response to His request which led Him to said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Please give me a drink,’ you would have been the one to ask him, and he would have given you living water.”
She thought He was speaking about the physical water but He wasn’t. She doesn’t realize that her need isn’t physical but spiritual. Her life is in moral decay. She had been married five times and was living with a man who wasn’t her husband. She needed what only Jesus could give her and was freely offering her. The water in the well could not satisfy her. It would temporarily quench her thirst but the water Jesus wanted to give her would satisfy her forever.
The woman asked Him, “Where are you going to get this living water?” His answer was the water when given to those who receive it, it will become a well, springing up to eternal life. It was life-giving water. Jesus is the Source of the living water which He wants to give to all who thirst. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37). He is offering the gift of God, which is eternal life.
What is the living water that Jesus gives to those who thirst? “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Ephesians 1:13 states, When you believed in the Messiah, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”
Jesus knew this woman and what her life was like. He wanted her to know that despite her past and her present, He wanted to give her a future of hope. When He made her aware that He knew about her previous marriages and her current living arrangement, He wasn’t condemnatory. He came to save, not to condemn. He commended her for being honest when she admitted that the man she lived with wasn’t her husband. She realized that He was prophet to be able to know such things and then she changed the subject. She spoke to Him about worship.
When He told her that God wanted people to worship Him in spirit and in truth, He was basically telling her that worship isn’t just about going to a particular place or church but we worship God by the way we live. Many of us go to church every week but there are things, relationships, people in our lives that have no business being there or there are things in our lives that we need to sort out, clean up. Until we do that, we are not giving God the proper worship He desires. This woman worshipped God but her life was in conflict with His Word and His commandments. Jesus wanted her to see that true worship was a life that was pleasing to God.
She was looking for the Messiah to come and explain everything. After Jesus revealed that He was the Messiah, she dropped her water pot and ran off to tell her community. She said to them, “Come, see a man who told me everything I’ve ever done! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” As a result of her testimony, that “He told me everything I’ve ever done,” many of the Samaritans of that town believed in Jesus. The Messiah, the Savior of the world had come into that town and reached out to a woman whom many shunned and ostracized her immorality. Jesus saw someone who needed Him and what He could give her even if she didn’t realize it. He had a dialogue with her and opened her eyes to the fact that God loves her and wants to give her the gift of salvation which leads to eternal life.
Today, Jesus is offering you what He offered her–living water which springs up to eternal life. All you have to do is drink.
Sources: Wikipedia; Bible Gateway; Zondervan Handbook to the Bible, pp. 626, 808; Got Questions; Christianity;