She was a brilliant young
psychology major at University of Manchester. Her
father was a lecturer at Cambridge. While studying
for her Master's she met and fell in love with an
engineering student from Ecuador. He developed
cancer of the pancreas during his time in England.
As the disease progressed he sought medical
attention, but nothing would prove effective to cure
He returned to his native
land to die, and my friend came with him. I first
met her on a singles retreat sponsored by one of the
local churches. The theme that week end was the
"Sensation of Being Somebody." She came up to me
after each session and asked many questions. Our
friendship continued to develop during the months
thereafter. My wife and I shared the Good News in
Christ on numerous occasions. Then one Christmas
night after the observance of the Lord's Supper, she
came up and said, "Wil, I almost took communion
tonight." I replied, "Well, why didn't you?" She
responded, "You evangelicals keep talking about this
'new birth' stuff. You know, I'm almost there." My
response was, "You know everything that you need to
know to put your trust in Christ. I've explained to
you again and again what you must do to be saved.
Why don't you go ahead and believe on Him as your
We set an appointment for
the next afternoon at my office. She threw out a few
pseudo intellectual questions and then said, "You
know, Wil, you have shot down every excuse I have
proposed to you. I want to receive Christ as my
personal Savior." We prayed together. She shed a few
tears, and a radiant smile glowed across her face.
As we left the office she exclaimed, "You didn't
tell me it would be like this! Peace! Peace! Peace!
I have never had such peace in all my life."
Two strangers met beside
a well on a hot afternoon in Samaria. One was a
woman. The other was a man. We don't know the
woman's name. The man was Jesus.
JESUS MAKES CONTACT
WITH THE WOMAN (4:1-9)
The journey to Samaria
was a divine assignment (v. 4). He was compelled to
go. Jesus "had to pass through Samaria." The
necessity lies in the mission of Jesus. He "must" go
to see a woman in Samaria.
Jesus didn't take the
usual road to Galilee. The bigoted Jews in Judea
hardly ever traveled to Galilee through Samaria.
They took a longer route through Perea. They
completely bypassed the region. However, Jesus "had
to pass through Samaria." It was a divine "must."
Jesus made an intentional
break in His ministry in Judea, and returned to work
in Galilee. Judea had rejected Him as the Messiah.
Their hearts were hardened and indifferent.
Jesus and His disciples
arrived at Jacob's well near the city of Sychar. The
disciples went on into town to purchase some
provisions. Jesus was weary and tired so He sat down
on the top stone edge of the well that also served
as a seat for the weary travelers. John, who
consistently brings out the deity of Jesus, makes us
aware of the true humanity of Jesus, as well. He got
tired and thirsty just like we do.
While Jesus is sitting
there a Samaritan woman came to draw water from
Jacob's cistern. There is ample archaeological data
on the well and its location. It is a hole about 100
feet deep today, probably deeper in Jesus' day. The
water in Jacob's well was good water, but it could
not satisfy one's thirst indefinitely. There was no
rope there and the woman came with her rope and
leather bucket to contain the water. A modern
traveler watched an Arab woman come down from the
arid hills to draw water at the well. The tradition
has probably been carried on down through the
centuries. "She unfolded and opened her goatskin
bottle, and then untwined a cord, and attached it to
a very small leathern bucket which she carried, by
means of which she slowly filled her skin, fastened
its mouth, place it on her shoulder, and bucket in
hand, climbed the mountain."
The woman was a Samaritan
(v. 7, 9). She was a member of a race of people who
inherited the general area. Bitter hatred existed
between the Jews and Samaritans ever since 721 B.C.
The Assyrians swept through the Northern Kingdom of
Israel and took the captives to Assyria. Only the
poor people were left in the land. Into this area,
the Assyrians brought captives from Babylon, Cuthah,
Ava, Hamath and Sepharvaim (2 Kings 17:24-41). It
wasn't long before the foreigners began to
intermarry with those left behind in the Northern
Kingdom. This was the unforgivable sin among the
Jewish people. They were no longer racially pure,
and they took on the gods of the foreigners. The
Jews who were carried away to other geographical
locations in the Assyrian kingdom never came back.
They were also assimilated into the countries to
which they were taken. Both groups lost their Jewish
identity and the right to be called Jews.
When the Southern Kingdom
of Judah was captured and carried away into exile in
Babylon in 586 B.C. they did not lose their national
identity like the Northern Kingdom. The very exile
made them obstinate Jews among their captors. After
seventy years these exiles returned to Jerusalem.
The Samaritans, the half-bred Jews of the captivity
in Northern Israel, offered to help their southern
kin to rebuild the Temple and repair the city.
Because they were no longer pure Jews their help was
neither wanted nor needed. Non-Jews were not allowed
to work on the rebuilding of the Temple. Because of
this openly hostile, obstinate attitude of the
people of Jerusalem and Judea the Samaritans
bitterly opposed the Jews even until the days of
Jesus 450 years later.
The bitter opposition and
hatred became even more heated when a Jew by the
name of Manasseh married a daughter of Sanballat, a
Samaritan. He set up a rival temple on mount Gerizim
Jewish rabbis of that
time said, "Let no man eat the bread of the
Samaritans, for he who eats their bread is as he who
eats swine's flesh." A popular prayer was, "And
Lord, do not remember the Samaritans in the
resurrection." This was shear hatred that went from
insult to injury. Another command went, "If any one
receives a Samaritan into his house and ministers to
him, he will cause his children to be carried into
A Samaritan woman
To make matters worse it
was a Samaritan woman who came to the well. A Jewish
rabbi would never speak to a woman in public, even
his wife, daughter or sister. This woman was a
Samaritan, a notorious Samaritan woman. Moreover,
the Jews would not drink from a Samaritan's vessel
for fear of becoming ceremonially unclean. It was a
religious thing with them. One rabbinical saying
went, "Let no one talk with a woman in the street,
no, not with his own wife." Another taught, "Better
that the words of the law should be burned than
delivered to women."
What a contrast those
ancient ideas were to true Christianity which is not
anti-womanhood. Jesus Christ is the great liberator
After five centuries of
hostility and hatred, would Jesus risk His
reputation by speaking to this woman? Jesus broke
the ice that afternoon with a simple request. Jesus
said to the woman, "Give Me a drink" (v. 7). The
Jewish man appealed to her kindness. This is the
reason for the divine must to go to Samaria.
Often the best way to
gain a soul is to ask a service of it. Jesus engaged
her in conversation.
The woman was amazed and
bewildered. "What? You are a Jew, and you ask me for
a drink––me, a Samaritan!" (Moffatt).
Jesus crossed the
cultural barrier. He tore down the ancient
prejudices and subdued her stubborn will. The
woman's coming to the well was no accident. There
are no chance meetings in the world that is presided
over by a living God.
Jesus tenderly and
patiently led this sinful woman, step by step,
touching her heart, searching her conscience,
awakening her soul to a conviction of her desperate
need for spiritual water. Spiritually she was
poverty-stricken. She was bankrupt. Jesus confronted
her helplessness and awakened within her a sense of
JESUS CHALLENGES THE
Jesus lifts the
conversation with the woman to a higher level by
answering 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" (v. 10).
The gift of God
"If you knew the gift of
God." That is the whole issue. She had no idea of
who it was speaking to her.
Who is this stranger?
What gives Him the credibility and authority to
offer "living water"? This is no commoner, and this
is no everyday offer. Is there anyone here who can
make such an offer?
Jesus "had to pass
through Samaria" (v. 4) to speak to this woman about
living water. God's grace reached out to this
desperate woman. Salvation does not come to us in
response to our giving to God anything. God is the
giver. We are the recipients.
"If you knew the gift of
God." What is this gift of God? It is the "living
water." It is Jesus, the Messiah of Israel, who
gives the Spirit who gives spiritual life. Jesus
alone gives living water that issues forth in
eternal life. The living water Jesus is referring to
is the Holy Spirit, and the life He gives. Jesus
will say later, "If any man is thirsty, let him come
to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the
Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow
rivers of living water.'" John adds, "But this He
spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him
were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given,
because Jesus was not yet glorified" (John 7:37-39).
The "gift" of God
stresses that it is free, with no strings attached.
There is no “fine print.” It is a free gift.
Jesus was ready to give
if she was willing to receive. He is always the
giver and we are the receivers. We try to reverse
the roles. We try to give to God so we can
manipulate Him. We want to go to Him on our grounds
and our conditions, but He will have none of it.
Are you thirsty?
Before we are willing to
receive God's gift, He has to reveal our need and
create in the heart of the sinner an acute thirst
for the Water of Life.
This is what Christ did
for this woman of Samaria. She was not saved because
of her seeking; she was sought out by a divine will.
Jesus "must" go through Samaria. This was the reason
why He is there.
In every situation in the
Gospels where we find Jesus confronting men and
women, we find Him meeting each person according to
their needs. To Nicodemus Jesus said, "You must be
born again." To the woman caught in adultery He
said, "Did no one condemn you . . . Neither do I
condemn you, go your way; from now on sin no more."
To this woman He comes in grace and says, "If you
knew the gift of God . . . you would have asked Him
and He would have given you living water."
Jesus was creating and
revealing to the woman that unsatisfied longing that
only Christ can satisfy.
What was her thirst?
There is a thirst in the human heart that only Jesus
Christ can satisfy Augustine said that our hearts
are restless "till they find rest in Thee." God put
a longing for eternity in the human heart. That
"thirst" will always be in the human soul until
Jesus Christ fills it with Himself. The soul's
deepest thirst is for a living relationship with
The Gospel meets men
right where they are in life. Nicodemus had moral
character, social standing, religious reputation;
the woman at the well was immoral, bottom of the
social rung and was a religious outcast. He was a
ruler of Israel and she was a Samaritan adulteress.
However, in the eyes of a
holy God both were on the same level. Both were dead
in trespasses and sins and needed to be born again.
That is how He comes to
us. He comes in His grace revealing His all
sufficiency to meet us in our depravity.
Are you thirsty? Jesus
gives "living water." Jesus develops the analogy
between physical and spiritual water (vv. 10-14).
The Jewish people
believed that "living water" came from a stream or
river "that took away defilement and made acceptable
worshippers out of unclean men" (Morris).
Jesus is not referring to
Himself as the living water, but the ministry of the
Holy Spirit whom He will give after He returns to
heaven. Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit who
brings salvation to the individual who believes on
Christ. Jesus uses a word that contrasts Jacob's
stagnant cistern. Jesus says He gives "living water"
which is running water that is like a spring,
bubbling up, and gushing forth with fresh refreshing
water. The water Jesus gives creates and maintains
The ministry of the Holy
Spirit speaks to the now and the yet to be. The Holy
Spirit dwells in every believer as a permanent
wellspring of spiritual life. He gives the daily
refreshment we need to live the Christian life.
Moreover, the fountain of living water is resident
in the believer, and as we drink of that fountain we
partake of the gift of the age to come.
Jesus is speaking of
fresh flowing water that creates and maintains life.
It is water that is always coming up, always
bubbling up from an unfailing source, ever fresh.
Jesus gives a fountain of spiritual water that
swells into a river, and the river expands and
loosing itself in the great ocean of eternity. Jesus
Christ is the source of eternal life. He gives the
water of life. When we drink from His fountain, we
receive eternal life.
Where is your water
The woman's response is
quite interesting in verse eleven. "Sir, You have
nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where
then do You get that living water?" The woman is so
preoccupied with water pots that she cannot listen
Do you have any water
pots in your life? We get so occupied with water
pots that we cannot hear the still small voice of
God. The devil uses wells and buckets, material
things we need, and depend upon, our duties and
obligations, pleasures to keep our minds occupied so
we will not listen to God when He speaks. These are
not necessarily evil things that the devil uses to
distract us from God. Most of the time they are good
things, well intended things our families need, as
well as our obligations, our reputations, pleasures,
amusements, making a good living for our family,
Do you have a "water pot"
in your life that distracts you from the things of
God? It simply keeps the soul preoccupied so you
will not concentrate on the presence of God. Christ
gets crowded out of our inner life. Satan will use
anything to keep us from Christ. He will even use
religion. If he can get your mind off on to your
efforts, your good merits, religious distractions,
rather than Christ He will keep you occupied with
everything but Christ.
We need to get alone with
God. Salvation comes by God's grace alone, through
faith alone in Christ alone.
Satan will try to cause
you to put limits on Christ. "Sir, You have nothing
to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You
get that living water?" Is Christ all-sufficient to
save? Is the death of Christ sufficient to atone for
every sin you shall ever commit? Is He so
insufficient that you must add your religious works
and good deeds, and penitent suffering to atone for
your sins? The devil would have you believe this
Another one he likes to
use is: "The well is deep preacher. If you only knew
how sinful I really am. How can God possibly save
me? The well is too deep." We go from one extreme to
the other. We either excuse ourselves by insisting
that we are too far-gone a sinner, or we deny the
depths of our depravity and thus excuse ourselves.
We are all sinners, preacher.
The lady does not yield.
She tries to sidetrack Jesus off onto religion and
denominations. She had a religious background. Yeah,
but it was "our father Jacob, who gave us this well,
and drank of it himself." Things are heating up and
she tries to side step Jesus. "You are not greater
than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the
well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his
Like the woman we take
off in the opposite extreme––religion. The well is
too deep for our short ropes. How then shall we gain
eternal life? Why not try the law? The "living
water," Jesus tells us is not a wage to be earned,
but a "gift of God." It is God's free gift in Jesus
Christ. "The gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). There has
never been but one way of salvation since the fall
of man and that is salvation by grace through faith.
It has never been by works.
Only Jesus can
Humanism will make you
thirstier. Philosophy, politics, economics and
social reforms will not satisfy the "thirst" of the
soul. The New Age movements will leave you in worse
condition that when you got into it. The "thirst" is
too deep for the waters of this earth to satisfy.
They are shallow and they are muddy. The "thirst" in
man's soul is a spiritual thirst.
Jesus answered her,
"Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst
again . . ." (v. 13). Everyone who keeps on drinking
this humanism will keep on getting thirsty. It will
never quench, or satisfy. It can't. It doesn't have
what it takes to solve the problem. It can't get to
the soul of man. Religion will always make you
thirsty. It won't satisfy. Only an intimate personal
love relationship with Jesus Christ will satisfy the
deep longings of the soul. The cracked cisterns of
the world's religious systems will not hold the
"water of life." Nothing but the "living water" that
Jesus offers will quench our dry, parched thirsty
souls. Only Jesus will satisfy. The unsaved person
will thirst forever and ever in hell. There is not a
drop of cool water in hell.
Look at the contrast
Jesus draws in verses 13-14. "Everyone who drinks of
this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of
the water that I will give him shall never thirst;
but the water that I will give him will become in
him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
You will forever keep on
drinking at an old broken religious cistern, but if
you "drink" of the water Jesus gives you will never
thirst. That is what He said. Jesus says come and
drink. Come and receive to the soul that which
refreshes, strengthens, and nourishes it unto
eternal life. He says come and drink it once and for
all. Jesus will give the thirsty, burnt out life
living water, and give it in such as fashion that it
shall be within the life, a well, springing up.
The believer now has a
well of spiritual water gushing up from within him.
It is ever fresh and flowing. It never becomes
stale. Jesus said, "whoever drinks of the water that
I shall give him shall never thirst . . ." The
original language allows a double negative. "Shall
not thirst, no, never." That is much stronger than
our English word "never."
You shall never thirst!
Never! It is the full gospel and it satisfies. It
satisfies because Christ satisfies. This is another
powerful argument for eternal security in Christ.
Every lost soul will thirst forever in hell.
However, the "living water" that Jesus gives is
something the believer now possesses within him. It
is a gift of grace freely received. You ask,
receive, and are satisfied. It is a present
possession, imparted by the grace of God. You
receive these living waters when you are born again.
The Spirit of God moves forever upon the waters. The
soul that is satisfied receives more and more
because it can receive more.
Jesus continued: " . . .
but the water that I shall give him shall become in
him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
Spring is probably a better word than "well" because
a spring is a source of living water that is always
coming and bubbling up as an unfailing source of
ever fresh water. Don't miss the imagery here. That
spring of ever-fresh water is "leaping,” "springing
up" or "gushing up." It is not a stagnant cistern;
it is full of life and action. The fountain is a
vigorous "springing up," or leaping. The word is
used of a quick movement like jumping by living
The life in the
Spirit is an abundant life (10:10).
Calvin reminds us that
this quenching of our spiritual thirst does not
exclude a legitimate thirsting after God on a daily
basis. "Christ's words do not contradict the fact
that believers to the very end of their lives
ardently desire more abundant grace. For He does not
mean that we drink so that we are fully satisfied
from the very first day, but only that the Holy
Spirit is a constantly flowing well. So there is no
danger of those who are renewed by spiritual grace
The invitation is to come
and "drink." All you have to do is receive it. Faith
is a personal action of appropriation of Christ. The
water is eternal life. You cannot purchase it, earn
it, merit it, beg or plead for it. It is a gift that
is received through personal faith in Christ alone.
It is like receiving a cold glass of fresh water. It
is already paid for. It is a gracious act of mercy.
All you need do is take it. Receive it in good
faith. Take it, drink, and quench your thirsty soul.
Why would anyone want to
pass up such a gift freely given that satisfies the
greatest needs in your life?
How do you think the
woman will respond to that offer of the gift of God?
JESUS CONFRONTS AND
CONVICTS THE WOMAN (4:15-20)
She said to Him, "Sir,
give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor
come all the way here to draw." Isn't that the way
the world thinks? Like Nicodemus, she is thinking of
worldly things. Her mind drifts back on the physical
needs. Man, you give me this water and I won't have
to work so hard. I will have it made in the shade. I
won't have to keep on coming and making this long
journey down this dusty road to get this stagnant
She is confused and Jesus
is patient with her. He has helped her see her
spiritual thirst with its deep needs and she keeps
coming back to the material things. Jesus removes
her masks. He takes this woman, in her pain and
confusion, and helps her see her spiritual need and
God's solution. Then she suddenly caught sight of
her true need. Jesus compelled her to face herself
when He brought her sin out into the open. This is
always true when we come into the presence of
Go call your
"Go call your husband,
and come here" (v. 16).
Those words shot like an
arrow into her evil heart. How did Jesus know she
had five husbands? The same reason He "had to pass
Plummer captures the
event saying, "in the fewest possible words she
tries to stop a dangerous subject at once." She
said, "I have no husband."
Wait. You are not being
fair preacher. You are now meddling where angels
fear to tread. Those must have been solemn and
Jesus cut to the heart of
her spiritual problem. She had a history of burning
passion and it was still unquenched. She said, "I
have no husband." Jesus' reply was devastating, "You
have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you
have had five husbands, and the one whom you now
have is not your husband; this you have said truly"
Did the woman have a bad
reputation in the community? What did other women
think of her? Is this the reason she came in the
middle of the day when it was hot?
How thirsty is she? Is
she thirsty enough to want to drink of this
spiritual fountain? How great is her need? Are you
thirsty enough to deal with the root of your sin
problem? We never receive the water of eternal life
until we become convicted of our sin and confess it
to God and believe on Christ. Is your thirst
desperate enough to come to Him?
We do like the Samaritan
woman did. We go through life making excuses and
blaming other people for our troubles rather than
facing up to the reality of our depravity. We play
the blame game, and play mental games of diversion.
Jesus cut to the core of the problem.
You can only come and
drink from the fountain of Jesus as a convicted,
You are a prophet
The woman said to Him,
"Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers
worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that
in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to
worship" (vv. 19-20).
Here we see the first
sign of change, yet she still tries to sidetrack
Jesus again with the religious issues of the day.
Not only did she think Jesus was a prophet, but she
is beginning to realize that He is the prophet of
whom Moses spoke in Deuteronomy 18:15, 18. The
Samaritans only accepted the first five books of the
Old Testament. Moses was the only prophet they
accepted. He wrote, "The LORD your God will raise up
for you a prophet like me from among you . . . the
LORD said . . . I will raise up a prophet from among
their countrymen like you, and I will put My words
in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I
The woman told her
companions in the city, "Come, see a man, who told
me all things that ever I did." John shows the woman
and us an example of Jesus' more than human
knowledge of people and events. He reveals some of
Christ's deity to his readers. He is no ordinary
person; He is God with us.
We have a choice to
rather remain in sin and unbelief or receive His
free gift. Jesus heightens the woman's sense of
JESUS CONVERTS THE
Jesus explains that true
worship is centered in "sprit and truth." It is not
limited to a place, a method or a ritual. All true
worship is centered in the person and work of Jesus
Christ. Real worship is spiritual. True and genuine
worship is "in spirit and truth."
Jesus refused to be drawn
into an argument and said, "Woman, believe Me, an
hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in
Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship
what you do not know; we worship what we know, for
salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming,
and now is, when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the
Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit,
and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and
truth." The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah
is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One
comes, He will declare all things to us." Jesus said
to her, "I who speak to you am He" (vv. 21-26).
The woman understood that
the Messiah was a supernatural person who would
declare the truth about the LORD God. The Messiah
had to be a Jew. Jesus is a Jew. He could not be a
Samaritan. The only salvation God promises is
realized in His incarnate son (John 20:31).
When Jesus acknowledged
to her that He was the Messiah He used the emphatic
pronoun in the style of deity (cf. John 8:58). There
is no "he" in the Greek text. Jesus says literally,
"I that speak to you, I am." Jesus is God's answer
to the sin of the world. Only the Messiah can give
"living water" of salvation.
There was immediate
evidence that this woman believed on Jesus Christ as
the "anointed of God" who came to save her from her
sins and give her eternal life. Jesus poured the
water of life had been poured into her soul. She
left her water pot and ran to tell others about the
living water she had received. She believed in her
heart and confessed Him with her mouth.
The apostle Paul stated
what she need to do succinctly when he wrote: "that
if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and
believe in your heart that God raised Him from the
dead, you shall be saved; for with the heat man
believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the
mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation" (Romans
principles and personal applications
When Jesus comes
our way, He is always on a divine mission.
"No one can come to Me,
unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will
raise him up on the last day" (John 6:44). He said,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life; and no one
comes to the Father, but through Me" (John 14:6).
The one who shares Christ with you is there because
he "must" be there. He is on a divine mission. He is
sent of God to introduce you to the Giver of life.
When Jesus comes He
reveals our thirst (Romans 5:6).
When Jesus comes He
exposes our true self, and reveals our deepest need.
Jesus compelled the Samaritan woman to face herself.
When He comes to us He compels us to face our true
selves and reveals our deepest spiritual needs.
Jesus staggers our imagination when He reveals our
innermost being. He always reveals what He sees in
A small girl along with
her mother were listening to C. H. Spurgeon preach a
powerful message. The girl leaned over to her mother
and whispered, "Mother, how does he know what goes
on in our house?"
When Jesus comes,
He invites us to receive "God's gift" of living
Jesus Christ is "running
water." He is always fresh, clear and refreshing. He
is never stale or stagnant. When He comes into your
life, He is like a fresh bubbling spring within your
Jesus comes to us and
lays hold upon us, arouses our attention,
illuminates our darkened understanding that we might
accept the truth about Him and be saved. The
Holy Spirit comes and proves our hearts and quickens
our conscience, convicting us of our need of the
Savior and the reality of His saving grace. In that
sense, Christ receives all who call upon His name.
Do you hide behind
some wall of prejudice toward Christ?
Are you settling for some
cheap substitute instead of "living water"? The Lamb
of God leads us to the springs of living water.
Jesus gives us an invitation, "I will give to the
one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life
without cost" (Revelation 21:6). In his great
invitation Isaiah says, "Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters; and you who have no money come,
buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money
and without cost" (Isaiah 55:1). How do you buy
without money and without cost? It is free! It is
God's offer of grace! These are blessings and gifts
of divine grace and obtained only by a sense of need
and a readiness to accept it by faith. The Lord
Jesus is the fountain of living water. Come, receive
today the living waters of eternal life.
When Jesus gives
you living water, you want to share it!
When you come face to
face with the Jesus Christ, the Messiah, and
surrender to Him as your savior, you want to "leave
your pot" and go out and tell everyone (vv. 28-30).
"Come, see a man who told me all the things that I
have done; this is not the Messiah, is it?" The next
verse gives a panoramic picture of a long procession
of people in the city of Sychar who kept coming to
Jesus. When Christ changes your life, you want to go
and tell others that they too may come and see for
Title: John 4:1-26
Series: People in Life of