Week of January 20
‘I Am the Living Water’
I doubt whether there is any person who would not understand the importance of water for survival. In fact, next to air, water is the most important substance for life.
The Bible teaches that while Jesus is God incarnate, He also was human and experienced the same feelings and temptations that we encounter each day. However, He never succumbed to even one temptation.
In John 4:4-8, we read how the Savior became tired and stopped to rest beside the well of Jacob. While His disciples were buying food in a nearby town, a Samaritan woman arrived at the well to draw water. Jesus, being thirsty, asked her for a drink of the well’s water. Immediately, she protested and reminded him that she was a Samaritan, and He was a Jew.
Jews believed the Samaritans were unclean. Another fact to consider is that this woman was at the well alone at high noon. More than likely, she also was considered unclean and came to the well at a time when no one else would see her.
We know her story. She had been married many times and was in need of a Savior, and Jesus met her need. He told her:
Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:13-14).
Christ confronted the deepest need of this woman and offered her a chance to begin life anew. The more you drink from the world’s water, the worse your thirst will become.
Are you restless and discontent? Just as He offered living water to the woman at the well, He offers it to you. When you drink of Him, you will thirst no more.
He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:17).
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