John 4:4-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?
12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Man has many needs. After air, we most need water.
--No person, animal, plant, lives long without it.
--Water is a vast part of our planet, with its seas.
--Water is 67% of our body. We need lots of it.
--It has many uses. A universal solvent.
--For navigation, irrigation, recreation, wash, and for things to grow. Water is needed for life!
That is why Jesus is "the Water of life."
--Another of His fourteen "I am's" of Jesus.
--Jesus is the "Water of life," to cleanse, satisfy.
--To purify. To sanctify. A fountain we all need.
--"The water I shall give him will become a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life (4:14).
--And "whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst" spiritually, again.
--No wonder the woman said, "Sir, give as this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."
Better than spas, resorts, or "fountain of youth" is the "Water of life" we have in trusting Jesus.
--It is in a Person! Like no other, holy, merciful.
--A Person who created us, and all else in our world.
--A Person who came to show us what God is like.
--A Person who shows love - Who gave his life for us.
--A Person who can forgive sin. And save anyone.
--A Person who is God, dwelling among us, and in us.
In John 3 we meet Nicodemus, a religious leader, who was thirsting for heaven's assurance; came to Jesus.
--He was told, "You must be born again, to see or enter the kingdom of God." Nicodemus needs a Savior.
--He had lots of religion - but not salvation.
--He found salvation in His Messiah. Follows Jesus.
In John 4 Jesus meets a worldly woman - at a well.
--Not religious. "Had had five husbands" already.
--Was living with one "not her husband."
—She was a Samaritan. Jesus went to win them.
--At a well rest Jesus asked, "Give Me a drink."
--As Man Jesus thirsts; as God,. gives "Water of life".
The Gospel is a fishing net - catches all kinds of individuals, because it is for all kinds of people.
--Fishermen know, first you catch, then you clean.
--Let's not think we've got to clean before we come to Jesus. No, friend. "Come now! Let Jesus clean"!
--He cleans us up right. Can make us all most love!
Jesus uses common, everyday things, to teach us truth.
--To farmers, He spoke of seed . . soil, and harvests.
--To shepherds, He spoke about sheep, and their care.
--To soldiers, of being content, have compassion.
--To this woman at the well, of water. Water of life.
Drawing water to live, Jesus told this woman, He is the "Water of life .. whoever drinks of the water I shall give him will never thirst ..." (4:13,14) spiritually.
Where was this?, At Jacob's well. In Sychar, Shechem.
--Here Abraham and patriarchs dwelt. Built altars.
--Here Jacob had dug a 105' well, and we drank from it.
--Here God appeared to them. God was there again.
--Many folk,.. over centuries since, have been blessed.
The Lord and disciples had walked miles, in the heat.
--Weary, thirsty, Jesus rested. Others went for food.
--The Samaritan woman came, surprised someone is there.
--She thought she'd be alone, unknown. -But Jesus knew.
--Jesus asked, "Give Me a drink." A normal request.
Jesus is the God-Man. We can understand God, in Him.
--He hungered as man; fed "thousands" as God.
--He Who is the "water of life," thirsted, as we.
--Who said, "Come to Me and rest," often grew weary.
--Who was called a "devil," cast out devils/demons.
--Who weeps - yet dries our tears, in our sorrows.
--Was "led as a sheep to slaughter,"yet our Shepherd.
--Who died for sinners, as we - yet arose and lives!
--You say, How can this be? Jesus is the God-Man.
--What He feels we need, as man; He can provide as God!
To Jesus' request, "Give Me a drink," the woman replied, "You are a Jew. Jews have no dealing with" us, or we with them. She was indeed surprised, to be asked.
--Most Jews went out of their way, avoiding Samaria.
--Samaritans were looked down on - but not by God.
Mark Jesus' words, "If you knew the gift of God, and Who says to you, 'Give He a drink,' you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water" (4:10)
--He offers "living water" Himself. "The water of life."
--Water of God. From heaven -- not from the well!
A gift to her, and us, to satisfy all spiritual thirst.
--She was a bit rude, disrespectful. You, "a Jew!"
--With "Nothing to draw with" How can you? He can!
To this woman, our Lord is most gracious and kind.
--There were differences - religious, moral, racial.
--Jesus wanted to bridge them, lovingly and simply.
--Like many people today. Neighbors but not friends.
--They avoided nearness. Jesus' love makes us friends.
Notice, Jesus gave no lecture on races, or immorality.
--He doesn't put her down, as she did Him. Some do.
--He shows compassion for her soul. Wants her saved.
--Jesus shows the kind of love she has not had before!
--And, He uses something as simple, useful, as water.
Look how Jesus goes from quenching physical thirst, to the everlasting quenching of our spiritual thirst.
--He begins to discuss heavenly things! Of a Messiah!
--Each Jew and Samaritan had been taught a Messiah.
--Then, to this woman He said, "I Who speak am He".
--It was another one of the 14 "I Am's" of Jesus!
--Circle it in your Bible, John 4:26-29. Messiah!
--A genuine claim, only Jesus lives up to, friend!
--Yes, He gave Israel in the desert, water from a rock.
This worldly woman saw clearly who Jesus really is!
--Messiah! Savior! "Lamb of God," Who takes away sin.
--What did she do? "Left her water pot," for town.
--Calling, "Come see a Man Who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" (4:28).
--Yes, He is. Look what now happens, many believers!
"Many of the Samaritans in the city believed in Him." Why? "Because of the word of the woman" (4:39).
--She now had a testimony to give - a changed life, to back it up - receiving the water, not from the well.
My friend, do we have a testimony? And giving it?
As a boy my Dad raised some cattle in a rented pasture out of. town a ways. That year was a prolonged drought.
--Ponds and creeks dried up. Grass burned up.
--About every day we hauled a large tank of water, and bales of hay, out to them so they would survive.
--Those cows knew that truck! Ran to meet it!
--They were so happy for water and food to arrive!
If we let Him, friend, God will take care of us also.
Like those cows, we can get real thirsty and hungry.
--I know I have. In Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Texas.
--An Episcopal Bishop some years ago died of thirst in the Judean hills near the Dead Sea. It can happen.
--If it happens physically; it can, spiritually!
Maybe some of you are thirsting for satisfaction, contentment, peace .. forgiveness, and sure of heaven.
--You've gone here and there, tried this and that.
--The joy of living missing.. many problems .. facing all kinds of testings .. or, God has been forgotten.
--Perhaps some temptations. Sin. Discouragement.
--A drought has come in life. You need Jesus!
--To bring you, and me, "The Water of Life," anew!
Worldly ways can neither satisfy nor save. Jesus can!
--Remember the Prodigal Son of Luke 15? He tried it.
--Left "father and home" with his inheritance.
--Soon his money gone. Friends gone. All else gone.
--He had to eat what "the swine did eat" (Luke 15:16).
--Finally, "he came to himself .. no one cared .. came back to the father's house." Was welcomed home!
--Listen! That's what God does when we come to Him!
That man came home .. to Jesus, "The Water of Life."
—Where there was food and fellowship with the Father.
--I've seen and welcomed many who found this Savior.
--I sorrow greatly, for those who have,resisted Him.
--How about you? Where do you stand with Jesus?
We can no more do without "The Water of Life," than we can do without water .. and enjoy life, for long.
I believe you, as I, will find Jesus all you need; the woman at the well did.
Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD. 644