13Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but 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.”
15The 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.”…
…25The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you – I am he.” (John 4:13-26)
Today we look at the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well. This is a very interesting account from John. The initial conversation starts with the woman wondering why a Jew would even speak to her, a Samaritan. While many are quick to quote the first two verses I referenced here, about Jesus giving water that will cause those that drink it to never thirst and this “water” will become a spring within them that bubbles with eternal life. This is just the beginning of an entire conversation that demonstrates the power of Jesus’ intellect and wisdom. This first part is a bit of a parable, Jesus is, obviously, not really talking about water. He’s speaking of the Holy Spirit and leading people to a well where they will be pulling water from the Holy Spirit, which when a person lives with the Spirit in their soul, their spirit WILL never thirst again.
The second part of the conversation John writes as Jesus tells this woman a specific fact of her life that only God and her know. She had been married five times before, and was currently living with a man but not married. In Jesus’ time, this woman would be considered a bit of a harlot, probably an outcast by most of the town she lived in, and someone that none of the religious figures of the Jewish faith would have associated with unless she offered many sacrifices for her “sins.” Jesus never speaks a word of condemnation against her or judges her for her past. He uses this opportunity to allow her to realize who He is. This initial exchange between the woman and Jesus ends with Jesus prophesying about the future of the Christian church: a church where you would “worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem(4:21)” and that the path of salvation would no longer only be available to people of the Jewish faith; “a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks(4:23).”
Lastly, in the verses above, we read how the woman rightly proclaims that only the Messiah (called Christ) could make such predictions. And Jesus closes this encounter with an interesting truth: “I, the one speaking to you-I am he.” Just as God came to Moses in the burning bush and revealed His presence to the Jewish nation as the Great “I am,” Jesus chooses to use the same designation to show He is the Christ. There are several other times when Jesus uses “I am” to begin a historic proclamation about who He truly is, and we’ll look at all of them through the coming days. What God began many years ago Jesus finished during His time on Earth. He is the Messiah, the master at the well. Drink from His spirit and never thirst again.
Reading plan: John 15
Deeper reading plan: 1 Chronicles 5, 6, 7, 8
Prayer and meditation: Pray for the sick, pray for the lost and their loved ones. Pray for redemption for this lost world. Pray for a reviving rattle to shake COVID off this planet. And continue to pray for all those in medical professions, grocery stores, supply chain operators, first responders, and the amazing teachers still doing all they can to teach the students they love so much.
Fitness challenge: go after a new personal record running two-miles.
Service Challenge: time to get out and help the world recover.