7 Jan. John 4:7-13

7 Jan. Jesus offers ‘living water’ and eternal life.

"When a Samaritan woman came to the well to get some water, Jesus said to her, 'Please give me a drink'. The woman said, 'I am surprised that you ask me for a drink, since you are a Jewish man and I am a Samaritan woman.'…"

"Jesus said, 'If you only knew the free gift of God and who it is that is asking you for water, YOU would have asked HIM, and he would have given you LIVING water.'"

"The woman said, 'Sir, where will you get this living water? The well is very deep, and you have nothing to get water with. Are you greater than Jacob, our father, who gave us this well and drank from it himself along with his sons and flocks?'"

"Jesus answered, 'Everyone who drinks THIS water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the 'water' I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become a spring of water flowing up inside that person, giving eternal life.'"

          (John 4:7-13)

 

 

Jesus, recognising that the woman he met at the well had deep spiritual needs, used picture language to identify her real problems. When she asked Jesus how he – a Jew – had the nerve to ask her – a despised Samaritan – to draw some water from the well, he launched into a mini-sermon on spiritual thirst.

In exchange for a drink of water from the well, Jesus offered to give her ‘living water’ – the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit that would give her eternal life. Whoever “drinks the water I give will never be thirsty,” he said (John 4:14).

Water is vital for life but is difficult to obtain in the limestone hills around Sychar. Instead, Jesus promised her “a spring of water flowing up inside … giving eternal life” (John 4:14).

Springs rarely run dry, so Jesus’s offer was to give her the life-giving ‘water’ of the Holy Spirit that would never run out (see John 7:37-39).

The photo (by Bukvoed) shows the remains of Sebaste, the capital of ancient Samaria.

You can read more about Jesus's encounter with the Samaritan woman @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/…/jesus-passes-through-sam…/


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