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Harvest Daily with Greg Laurie - Sept. 21, 2006

Living Water


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?”

—John 4:11


When the Samaritan woman went to the well, she was surprised to see someone there in the heat of the day.  Why would a Jewish man be there in Samaria?  She probably expected Him to see her and then walk away, to turn His face away from her.  But He was waiting for her.   Who was this person?  What was He doing there?  It was highly unusual.


He asked her for a drink.  She didn’t understand. “Why do You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”  Jesus was really appealing to her curiosity by now.   The Bible tells us,


Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 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.” 

(John 4:13–14)


Of course, we live in a time in which everyone drinks water.  There many kinds of waters we can choose from: sparkling, imported, and flavored.  People walk around with their water bottles in special little holders.  We can look very cool as we drink our water.  It might have come from a tap somewhere, but we would never know the difference.  We are willing to pay for it.


But what did Jesus mean by living water?  This would simply mean water that was flowing, like water in a stream or a river, as opposed to water that was stagnant.  Jesus was essentially saying, “I will give you pure water.  I will give you fresh water. I will give you everlasting life.”  And that is what He promises to us as well.

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