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Jun 24th, 2022
By: Matthew Sink
The Gospel of John-Day 15

John 4:7-15 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

One element of my job which can be pretty heavy sometimes is talking to people whose lives are stuck in cycles of dysfunction. I’m talking about people who habitually make bad decisions. Every time they repent and recover from one, they go out of their way (it seems) to make another. So life is nothing but a series of dramatic twists and scandalous turns that never seems to have the peace and stability they so desperately crave.

That’s a good picture of this woman Jesus met at the well. Her life was a series of bad decisions and painful consequences. It was a cycle as regular as getting up each day and walking to the well for water. Immediately, Jesus sizes up her biggest need – thirst. This woman has a deep thirst that she can’t seem to quench, which is why Jesus tells her about “living water.”

Many of our most destructive choices are nothing more than a way to quench deep thirsts. A thirst for love will drive a person into immoral and unhealthy sexual relationships. A thirst for belonging can inspire all sorts of peer-pressure induced decisions affecting everything from what you wear to the very words that come from your mouth. A thirst for security drives a man to work long hours and stockpile money. A thirst for importance inspires people to invent causes and pour their lives into them. All of these thirsts are legitimate, and all of these solutions are temporary. They all lead you back to the well again and again.

Jesus is living water – a spring of water welling up to eternal life. He offers love that lasts; belonging that we need; security that is eternal; a mission that really matters. That’s why He said, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.” Jesus has living water. Come to Him and ask for it.