Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water” (The Message John 4:10).
THE MESSAGE: John 4:4-44
In Your Bible: John 4:4-44
On their walk to Galilee, Jesus had to go through Samaria. This choice seems odd, since the Jews had no respect for these people, avoided them, considered them half-breeds and did not associate with them. Apparently the disciples did not object.
Was it merely the shortest route to Galilee? Did Jesus choose this route because he wanted to stop at Jacob’s well? Or did the Father lead him to people the Jews had written off as second class citizens? Reason unknown, but it may be something to ponder.
JESUS OFFERS FRESH, LIVING WATER
Jesus watched a woman come to draw water from Jacob’s well. He asked her for a drink. Incredible! A Jew spoke to me, she probably thought. Then Jesus guided the conversation to the spiritual realm, but this confused her. Perceiving it, he said, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water (THE MESSAGE John 4:10).
Jesus and the woman talked for quite a while. She asked for this living water. Then Jesus revealed he knew a lot about her that she chose not to divulge. She confessed her many transgressions. Jesus did not focus on how awful this woman was. No, instead he explained what the Father looks for – those who truly seek him.
When the disciples returned with food, he said something they did not understand. No need to eat. Jesus said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started” (THE MESSAGE John 4:34). Instead of food for eating, Jesus referred to showing people all that the Father freely offers.
GOD CHANGES LIVES
This encounter with Jesus encouraged the Samaritan woman. He guided her to seek God sincerely. Jesus told her directly, he was the Messiah. She ran to tell her entire village about Jesus. He didn’t condemn her, he gave her a chance to receive life, eternal life, just by asking! She got it and her village got it too.
Jesus stayed with the Samaritans two days. Many more trusted Jesus as he spoke to them. They said to the woman, “We’re no longer taking this on your say-so. We’ve heard it for ourselves and know it for sure. He’s the Savior of the world” (THE MESSAGE John 4:42).
Application: Jesus revealed the mission God had for him. We as believers must seek the Father in spirit and truth – that is what God wants. Lives will be changed, eternal life can be found, and Kingdom lifestyle can begin. The Father is interested in anyone who earnestly seeks him.
Prayer: Father, thank you for giving believers living water. Glory.
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