John Chapter 4
Jesus stops at a well in Samaria at noontime, a time when people never go to the well. He is at the well when nobody is supposed be there…but not without reason. He has an appointment to keep.
“But soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water.” Jesus speaks to her and asks her for a drink. This surprises her. She asks why a Jew would ask a Samaritan woman for water. And Jesus replies,
IF YOU ONLY KNEW I’m not talking about water, but about living water. If you only knew I’m not talking about actual thirst, but an eternal thirst, a need for a savior. If you only know who I am and what I have to offer. If you only knew.
We are so often consumed with the here and now that we miss the magnitude of what is going on in this world. And here’s the thing: our souls know it. The depths of our souls understand that there’s something more to life than the here and now. The Bible says that God has placed eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). So we live our lives chasing after things to satisfy this place in our heart that God has created for Himself.
Jesus is having a conversation with a woman who is thinking about the earthly, and Jesus says if you only understood that I can not only satisfy your earthly desires and meet you where you are, but I’m gonna give you everything your heart desires, I’m gonna give you eternal life and fulfillment that you can’t find in any other place. IF YOU ONLY KNEW.
We see three things in this conversation that teach us about our Savior:
- BARRIER-BREAKING LOVE. We see Jesus crossing cultural, religious, ethnic, racial barriers. We see him breaking the norm and going out of His way so that He can show people the depths of His love. But we don’t like entering into environments and conversations that challenge our beliefs, so we don’t cross those barriers. And what happens is we don’t love the way Jesus teaches us to love because he does cross those barriers. We must follow Jesus over the barrier. Before we get into truth, we must realize that we must first love. Love builds the bridge on which the the truth will travel.
- EYE-OPENING TRUTH. The woman at the well had been looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places and Jesus calls her out for it. He knew her whole story, her past, everything she’d done that just wasn’t working. And through telling her all of this, He still meets her where she is and opens her eyes to how desperate she is, to how much she needs fulfillment and a Savior. And all she can say is to this you’re right.
- LIFE-SAVING POWER. We need to hear the truth today, but Jesus doesn’t just leave us there. He lets us know how desperate we are, but He then also gives us the solution to our problem. Jesus lets her know that He loves her, He opens her eyes, and He identifies Himself as her Savior. He refuses to leave her in the mess. And He will do the same for us.
Without God we are desperate, but with Him we have all we need. The heartbeat of the Gospel is that the wage of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. Without Him we are nothing, but with Him we can do anything.
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