During Christ’s ministry, we see that He met the Samaritan woman.
After a long journey, the Lord was thirsty for water and hungry for food.
But let us see how His hunger and thirst was satisfied.
John 4:5-8 “So he came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being tired from his journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.”
What did the Samaritan woman ask Jesus?
John 4:9-15 “The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. So where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his children and his livestock?” Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I don’t get thirsty, neither come all the way here to draw.”
Under the old covenant, the Jew was not supposed to ask anything from a Samaritan because the Samaritans were considered as “sinners” in the eyes of the Jews.
Symbolically the woman’s question could be rephrased as “How can a Holy God ask anything from a sinner like me?” Now, we see that Jesus did not actually want water from her. But He wanted to give her the living water of eternal life!
He wanted to give her the water that would completely end all her thirst.
Many of us have run around for the things of the world – knowledge, authority, money, sex, power, glory, self-righteousness, etc. But they will leave us thirsty because nothing in this world is permanent. Everything is temporal and will leave us thirsty for more.
What we need is the eternal life of Christ that ends all our thirst.
Jesus did not want anything from her except that she received the free gift of salvation!
She was looking for earthly water which would never satisfy her thirst but Christ came to offer her the glorious gift of eternal life – far greater than anything a human being had ever tasted! Christ wants to give us Himself because He is the life, the way and the truth. Can you imagine what Jesus is offering every human being on the earth?
He is offering Himself as the ultimate free gift to satisfy all our thirst!
John 14:6-7 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on, you know him, and have seen him.”
The Samaritan woman thought that God commanded worship in the religious system of her ancestors’ mountain or in the Jerusalem temple for the Jews.
John 4:19-24 “The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship. Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, will you worship the Father. You worship that which you don’t know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
She was thirsty because she thought that she had to do religious works to please God.
But now through Jesus, the love of God had come down from heaven to give us the free gift of the living water. We cannot reach God through religious works.
But God dwells in believers by His Spirit so that we can worship Him in spirit and truth.
The woman was thirsty for love – she had spent her life with five husbands and had failed many times in life. Her thirst was only satisfied in Jesus who would die for her and all of us! We may thirst after many things in this life but the only way we can be satisfied is by knowing the unconditional love of Christ. Our Lord showed her that the earthly thirst was going to be fulfilled by the heavenly gift of salvation (John 4:16-42).
Christ was thirsty and tired from his journey but He did not drink water.
He fulfilled the thirst of a woman who had failed to find true love. He gave Her the love of God that would end all thirst. This resulted in the salvation of many people in her own city who saw that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world (John 4:39-42).
Revelation 21:6 “He said to me, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give freely to him who is thirsty from the spring of the water of life.”
Christ was hungry and thirsty but He found His needs fulfilled when He saved people by sharing the free gift of eternal life. His is fully satisfied when people take the living water from Him and feed on Him – the bread of life!
John 4:31-35 “In the meanwhile, the disciples urged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” The disciples therefore said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Don’t you say, ‘There are yet four months until the harvest?’ Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already.”
Jesus desires that we freely take His living water of love!
His food and drink are that we trust in His grace and love. He promises that those who believe in Him will never hunger or thirst but have eternal and abundant life.
Revelation 7:16-17 “They will never be hungry or thirsty any more. The sun won’t beat on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the middle of the throne shepherds them and leads them to springs of life-giving waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”