PASSING THROUGH SAMARIA

“A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, ‘Give Me a drink.'”

John 4:7

It never ceases to catch my attention! Jesus was passing through Samaria, and yet He, being aware of the tensions that existed between these two groups of people who would have no dealings with each other, has become a conveyor of the importance of water. While water was the catalyst to distinguishing well water and Spiritual water, it becomes the conduit of the message of salvation to more than a handful of people (Jews). It was also to a world in need of the Savior. By the way, this is, to my knowledge, the only time that it specifically mentions that He “left Judea and went away again to Galilee.”

When He reached Sychar, (John 4) He broke tradition by talking to this woman, a Samaritan. That led to a conversation, “Give Me a drink.” It is what I call a springboard. The woman wondered concerning this action and asked for an explanation. Here comes the dynamite: “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.”

Befuddled, she continues her conversation with a historical reference. However, He turns to a spiritual application: “Drink this water and you will never thirst again.” However, He is focused on “If you knew the gift of God and who it is”. She did not focus on the spiritual which was GOD HAD SENT HER A GIFT. It was not WHAT, but rather WHO. (John 3:16)

Through further conversation Jesus gradually unfolds the truth about her background of five husbands, and that the current one with which she lives is not her husband. He corrects her thinking: “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” It is then that He speaks to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

He is the gift from the Father! He is the LIVING WATER. Drink of Him and “you will never thirst again.” Your spiritual needs will find fulfillment!

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