We read in John 4: 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.) 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.” 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 livestock?” 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.”
How Excited Should You Be about Jesus’ Water?
(Some Observations on John 4)
1. Being fully human, Jesus needed physical water to sustain His human life. (v. 7)
3. Jesus uses the analogy of physical water to speak of “living water” (v. 10). This is the pattern of the Lord in the gospel of John (wine in ch. 2, birth in ch. 3, bread in ch. 6, blindness in ch. 9, death in ch. 11, etc.).
4. The Samaritan woman doesn’t immediately make the transition from physical to spiritual water (v. 11).
5. Jesus has to make it clear that mere physical water won’t thoroughly satisfy and won’t deal finally with one’s spiritual thirst (v. 14).
Someone has said, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink!” Another responded: “I CAN! I can give him a salt tablet — and he will drink!”
1. How can we who are believers in Jesus genuinely show more enthusiasm for the living water He has given us?
2. Are there ways that we can make people thirsty for the water of Jesus? What comes to your mind? How do we become salt in our world?