THE LIVING WATER
Leslie M. John
Once when Lord Jesus Christ was in the city of Samaria certain woman from that city went to Jacob’s well to fetch water. On seeing the woman fetching water Jesus asked her water to drink; but then the woman recognized that He was a Jew. She asked Him as to why He was asking water from her because Jews had no dealings with the Gentiles.
It is worth noting here that the Gentiles are those who are not the descendants of Jacob. Samaritans are mixed generation, the offspring from Jacob’s descendants, and the Gentiles. They are those who were not proselytized to be equated with the Israelites. That is the reason why Samaritan woman could say ‘our fathers’ referring to Jacob and his descendants but she was not Israelite.
Samaria was inhabited by the people brought into that city by the Assyrians, from the cities that they captured in war, while fighting with kings of northern kingdom of Israel. The people thus brought into Samaria settled down there, as replacement of the people, of the ”House of Israel” carried away as captives by the Assyrians. The scattering of the ”House of Israel” was in consequence of God’s anger against them, because they worshipped Baal and Ashteroth, the goddesses of nations. Worshipping these goddesses was encouraged by Jezebel, the wicked wife of King Ahab.
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman that if she knew who she was speaking to, and if she asked for water from Him, He would have given the living water. She wondered as to how He could have given her the living water, because he had nothing to fetch water from that well, which was very deep. Further, she asked if He was greater than Jacob, who gave them the well, from which he, and his children, and his cattle drank water.
The Samaritan woman did not understand the point that Jesus was making. While Jesus was showing her the way to the ”Kingdom of God”, she was thinking of earthly things. Jesus was speaking of heavenly blessings; but she was thinking of earthly blessings. Jesus said to her that whoever drank water from the well would thirst again, but if anyone drank the living water that He gave, he will never thirst again. He said that the living water in him will spring up into everlasting life.
Again the woman perceived the talk from Jesus as for earthly blessings, and craved for that living water, that He would give, in order that she may not thirst again, and cease from fetching water from the well. The conversation continued and Jesus having known her heart, and her life as well, said to her to go and bring her husband. The woman replied that she had five husbands in the past, but presently she had no husband; moreover the one whom with she was living was not her husband. Jesus appreciated her truthful confession.
After He spoke to the woman, about the living water that He would give her, if she believed in Him, she left her water pot at the well, and went to the city, and testified about Jesus, the Savior. Her testimony yielded much result when many Samaritans of that city believed on Him. They besought Jesus to stay with them and He abode there for two days and many more believed in Him.
”And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world” (John 4:41-42)
Lord Jesus Christ gives everlasting life to those who believe in Him. This is the time to repent and confess your sins to Him, and believe that Jesus bore your sins on Himself, and died on the cross; He was buried and was raised from the dead.
”But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14)