Give me this water

swan-645589_640John 4:15: The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

This woman was thinking of natural water while Jesus was talking about spiritual water, a water that exists in another dimension higher than what she was used to, and Jesus was talking from that dimension (John 4).

However, immediately the Samaritan woman said the words of the focus verse, Jesus turned the focus back on her. Seeing he now has her attention, that she has confessed her neediness, he asked her to go call your husband, and there he touched a raw nerve in her.

That was not something she was proud of to tell others and she said I have no husband to shut down that line of conversation.

Jesus said she was telling the truth but added that he knows what she was not letting off, that she knows what she would prefer no one to know.

Jesus said it as a matter of fact: you have had five husbands and the one you are now with is not your husband.

Hers had been an unsettled existence. Five men had ran through and she was still counting. Hers must have be a shame-filled existence, filled with a sense of condemnation and inadequacy.

She had been running from pillar to post, and getting no fulfilment, exchanging one identity for identity since the husband represents identity, not really knowing who she was anymore though she had hunger for God, hence her understating of the spiritual order of her day, where men have said she should go worship God.

But Jesus came to show her that there is more that trying to get satisfaction by herself. There is a satisfaction through which she be settled. There is a refreshing, a water she can get that will continue to flow inside of her. There is a satisfaction she can be given which will cause her constant toil to cease. She will no longer seek her identity in another, but the identity will be something flowing from herself.

What she was really looking for was eternal life and she did not know it. She was typical of humanity, who engaged in all manner of pursuit, seeking for deep seated satisfaction. But nothing can satisfy like Christ.

The water he gives was to be received, and not worked for. And it brings an overflowing of rejoicing and thanksgiving. Before Jesus met the women, his disciples had gone out to get food, but when they came back he told them: I have food to eat which you do not know of, it is to do the work of my father and complete his work. The point is: there is a higher sense of fulfilment derived from fulfilling purpose of God for you than eating or any other natural things. The father wanted to reach humanity, including the Samaritan woman, who suffered repeated rejection, and he used Jesus.

Because men as need, Jesus said: pray the lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest, because the harvest his plenteous but the labourers are few. The harvest is about bringing people into the experience of the father, from the scorching sun, from outside to a place of protection, transformation, and engagement.

So because of the massive number of people the father wants to reach, we need to pray that labourers will go into the harvest and it starts with you being the number one answer to your prayer: (Matthew 9:35-10:1).

Without this encounter with Jesus, this Samaritan woman was not aware that there is another “water” she can take which will permanently solve the spiritual thirst deep-seated in her. Hence, Paul writing about ministering the gospel said that how can the people know expect someone preaches to them (Romans 10:14-17).

Therefore we have been mandated to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creature, we are to go about giving people water to quench their spiritual thirst, and there is a God-sized hole in every man that we can help them fill.

While those trying to meet their need with all manner of physical things, including binding addiction and sinful bondage, God offers something they can receive freely and will truly satisfy without any terrible side-effect, not dangerous to your health at all.

Isaiah wrote that people should come without money to get the water that God gives (Isaiah 55:1-2). In another place, God accused Israel of hating themselves but forsaking the fountain of living waters and getting for themselves broken cistern that can hold no water (Jeremiah 2:13).

Without water there is no flourishing, but we dry off. The man who meditates on the word of God is described as the being like a tree planted by rivers of water (Psalm 1), and Jesus is the word. He is the one who can bring out the best in us, while the devil only wants to repress us, the offer of “freedom” he brings will only lead us into more bondage.

True freedom is in Jesus. He said to some people that if they continue in his word, then they will be his disciples indeed, and will enter into the freedom that he brings. Those people, however, did not think they are in bondage, thinking that their natural credentials, which has to do with having Abraham as their father, was enough (John 8:31-59).

But seeing from God’s spiritual dimension, they were in bondage, as long as they are slaves to sin and Jesus gives freedom from that. Paul said it this way: the physical Jerusalem is in bondage together with her children, but the Jerusalem above is free, whose children we are as long as we are in faith (Galatians 4:21-31). If your identity is based on what is natural what is seen then, you are in trouble and are not going anywhere.

The water Jesus gives has eternal quality. It becomes a well that keeps flowing, that represents the joy of salvation (Isaiah 12:3), the assuredness that God has accepted us in Jesus. By faith, we cease from our own labour as God ceased from his own (Hebrews 4:10-11).

The woman did not want to labour again to get water. She was simple-minded enough to believe the words of Jesus, who was offering to meet her solve her frustration, which the five men she had been with represent. They represent her giving up on herself, coming to the end of herself, to experience God’s grace.

When she asked Jesus for the water, it was a deep-seated heart cry, it was a cry of faith. Jesus did not say I will give you this water, even if you did not ask for anything, but he said if you ask me I will give you living water. He is not going to force himself on any. But, he is yours for the asking because it is written whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:9-13).

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