The verses within John 4 explain a major story in the Bible, the story of the lady at the well. For those of you that know this story, you also know that it is in other books of the Bible (such as Matthew), but since this is a chapter study of John, we shall remain engrossed within the chapter in order to better understand the meanings within this context.
Even though John 4 is a hefty chapter, and a bit long, I feel one of the most important stories within the new testament is the story of the lady at the well. Essentially, Jesus stops at a well in which a woman (who is an outcast of some sort, because she is getting water by herself and not with the other women in the town), begins to draw water. After starting a conversation with her, Jesus offers her ‘living water’ that will make no one thirst again. The woman, who doesn’t not see the metaphor for salvation and eternal life attempts to go about her business and get home…but Jesus continues to offer her water that will never make her thirsty again…
She has a moment of disbelief until Jesus ‘tells her all the things that she ever did’ (John 4:29) and her faith changes.
It is always a question as to why Jesus talked to this woman (who, in this culture, was not a person he should be talking with due to her race, culture, gender and class), but I think that it shows that no one is outside the walls for God’s kingdom. Jesus offers water to all those that are thirsty, and for those of us that are searching for a better way to live our lives, Jesus offers us salvation…but salvation doesn’t stop at a certain race, creed or culture…for anyone that accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and believe that He died on a cross for their sins, that is when their thirst begins to become quenched.
So my question for this week is as follows (and I get this from the Connelly resource I am using for study): What does this concept of ‘living water’ mean to you and if Jesus offered it to you…would you take it? Or would you be skeptical?