What happens when Jesus gets thirsty.

Well

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The text for today’s message comes to us from John 4:1-41 and the theme of the message is pretty varied. The main themes though are: Forgiveness, Salvation, Recognizing God in your life, and finally what happens when you recognize Him. We first see Jesus leaving Judea to avoid those who wanted him dead, returning to Galilee and stopping in Sychar, in Samaria along the way. John refers to Sychar as a “Samaritan village”, I find this curious FIRST, because Sychar, was also known as Schechem, and in the Old Testament was the first capital city of Israel! Funny how times change, in the Old Testament Schechem was a monumental kingdom in itself, but by this time, Jerusalem is so much of a metropolis by the first century standards that John only called it a village. Second, because John is notorious for altering details to make us focus on the more important things in the story. Jesus was tired from his travel and wanted some water, but he had bigger things in mind that just water. Those Samaritans were children of Jacob (Israel). And were waiting diligently on their Messiah, little did the woman walking to the well to get water that day know that this very Jew asking for water, was He.

Jesus said to her “Please give me a drink.”. She was caught off guard because Jews never associated with Samaritans. She then replied:  “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

Next is where Jesus calls her on the carpet about her past. Jesus asks her where her husband is, she then replied that she had no husband, honestly. Jesus then told her “You’re right! You don’t have a husband for you have had FIVE husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now! You certainly spoke the truth!” At this point the woman is all but speechless and she tells Him that He must be a prophet to know all these things.  The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah!” In the next few seconds the disciples who Jesus sent into town returned to find Him speaking to a woman, alone. This must have been out of character, but none dared question Him. It is at this time that the woman takes off running into town to tell everyone about Jesus, I imagine her yelling as she ran “THE MESSIAH IS HERE! HE IS RIGHT HERE IN OUR VERY OWN TOWN AT THE WELL AS WE SPEAK! QUICK GET OFF YOUR REAR ENDS AND RUN TO MEET HIM!” That’s what I would have been doing anyway. This story concludes with the townsfolk meeting Jesus and becoming followers of His.

Where was the forgiveness? The forgiveness was essentially unspoken, Jesus offered her eternal life, if she would follow Him, I can only assume that since Jesus had yet died for the sins of the world that this was not on the table in His teaching as of yet. But the forgiveness was there just the same through the loving conviction He brought to the table talking about her many lovers. As I mentioned, teaching about being cleansed of sin was not on the table yet, but again by offering to them the very notion that He was the Messiah, was all the assurance of salvation that was needed! Then we see the woman finding Jesus in her life, granted He was sitting right in front of her and when we find Jesus in our lives it may not be quite the same experience, Jesus is right at every sinner’s door knocking if they will but let Him in, then He will be evident in their lives. But one of my favorite lessons from this story is what happens after the woman found Jesus. She did not hold onto her faith as if it were a prize to hide away from everyone, but spread the word to the whole town because Jesus Christ is a GIFT. Not a personal treasure just for us, but for everyone.

The question today is, have you been through those four steps? I strongly remember the multiple visits I have made to the well. I remember the visits where I ignored the words of the Lord too. For that matter I even remember the trips that I turned around before I even got to the well.

I want to close by giving every single virtual congregation member the chance to meet Jesus today. You can do that very easily, but very seriously by clicking HERE and following the steps after reading the brief summary of why it so vital that you have Jesus in your life. And as always, if you do that, I want to be the first to welcome you to the family and say God bless you brother or sister.

For those of you who already have a relationship with Christ, I want to thank you for reading, and if you take anything from today’s message I pray it is that our faith is not simply a nice piece of jewelry we got for Christmas, it is a gift to share with the world.

God Bless and thanks for reading,

Chris

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