3rd October 2020

Share the Living Water 

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. Whoever drinks the water that I give him will never thirst.”
John 4:14 (NKJV)

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, recorded in John 4, instead of insisting that the she pour him a drink of water, Jesus proceeded to offer her living water (verse10). Water from that well was common, but living water? Now that got her attention. Her natural curiosity prompted her to ask questions and the Samaritan woman pointed out the obvious: “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” (verse 11). To quench her thirst—her spiritual thirst, the Lord first confessed the truth about H2O in verse 13, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” Then Jesus made a bold promise saying “Whoever drinks the water that I give him will never thirst” (verse 14). In one sentence, Jesus shifted the conversation from everyday life to eternal life! Was this woman ready to make that leap of faith? Not quite. She wanted what Jesus was offering, but only so she could avoid returning to the well for water.

Jesus chose the moment to speak the truth in love. Jesus told her to go and call her husband and return (verse 16). This was not an odd request, since custom said that women couldn’t converse alone with a man in a public place, but Jesus’ request was more about uncovering truth than about following society’s rules. When the woman confessed, “I have no husband,” she tried to bring an end to the conversation with Jesus, but little did she know that Jesus usually has the last word.

In verse 25, the woman said to Jesus, “When the Messiah comes he will explain everything to us.” But she must have been stunned at Jesus revelation to her “I who speak to you, am He” (verse 26). Just after Jesus statement to the woman, the disciples returned, confirmed Jesus identity and gave the woman time to process the truth: Jesus the Anointed one had come.

Overjoyed, the woman left her water jars and went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” The people who heard her came out of the town and made their way to see him (verses 28-30).

When one receives good news one loves to share it, and what this woman at the well received from Jesus was too good not to be shared.

Thank you, Father, for the Living Water you give to all who thirst. Help us to share the Good News with all around us however we can. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Dennis Payne


About the Author:
Dennis Payne is a Deacon in the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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