I’m always fascinated every time we visit India just how strong the women are when they carry 50 pound pots of water on their heads as they travel back and forth to get water from the village well. These bore wells don’t provide good drinking water and many of the children are really sick. Our missionary partners began selling water filters for a very cheap price to these villages and it has made a world of difference in their health.
There’s nothing worse than seeing a woman pump a well and this slimy dirty water coming out as she fills this huge metal pot and then puts it on her head as she walks miles back to her home to give this to her family as drinking water.
One of the most basic needs of human life is to have our thirst quenched. And we live in a culture where we can get Gatorade, PowerAde, flavored water, sparkling water, Culligan water. We are in no shortage of water.
In John 4, Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well in the heat of the day. In that culture of the ancient near east water was a hot commodity in those desert climates. John 4:13–14 reads, “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ ”
Think of the imagery here. Have you ever seen a stagnant pool of water with gnats and flies and the stench? Picture in your mind a gross, stagnant mosquito infested cesspool of filth that only brings disease and impurity. That is the picture of the human heart without Christ. Our hearts are cesspools of wickedness. Our hearts are stagnant, dead, cold and sin-infested that lead to spiritual disease and impurity. We cannot stop this. We cannot fix this. This is a reality for every person who has ever been born. Our hearts are cesspools of wickedness.
Jeremiah 2:13 states “for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. So what do we need to overcome this sin? We need the satisfying gift of eternal life that only Jesus can give us. Psalm 36:9 read, “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. Isaiah 12:3 echoes this truth: With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
What are you spending time, money, and energy on to satisfy your deepest longings?
What did this woman spend time satisfying herself with? Relationship after relationship with men and it only left her dry, parched, lonely, and ashamed. She was never truly satisfied. She was a sinner whose heart was darkened by a stagnant cesspool of wickedness. She needed the life-transforming power of the Holy Spirit to invade her heart and create living waters that alone can satisfy and give her eternal life. Only Jesus can satisfy the cravings of a sinner with His satisfying gift of eternal life.
Listen to how the book of Revelation describes eternal life in heaven: Revelation 7:16–17 “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
You and I desperately need this living water of eternal life. We need to come to Jesus and receive this free gift. The prophet Isaiah gave an imagery of God as a water salesman in the ancient deserts of Israel offering the gift of water: Isaiah 55:1–3 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.”
In this passage, we see a lonely, desperate immoral woman who seeks her self-esteem and identity in men. Jesus has gently confronted this woman’s heart and exposed her sin. In essence, she has come face to face with the fact that her own heart is a stagnant cesspool of wickedness that needs cleansed and forgiven through the living water that only Jesus can provide.
Have you received this gift of eternal life? Has your dead, lifeless, stagnant corrupt heart been renewed with streams of living water welling up inside to eternal life? Are you satisfied, I mean truly satisfied, with Jesus? Does He alone quench you thirst? Does He alone give joy to your soul? Are you finding in Jesus your ultimate passion, desire, fulfillment and purpose? Turn from your sin and then turn in faith to Christ today to receive the satisfying gift of eternal life.
Jesus transformed this woman at the well from a lonely, guilty, immoral sinner who found satisfaction in men into a worshipper who encountered the great I AM—Jesus the Messiah. The great I AM Jesus stand ready to receive you today just like this woman. Would you too experience this wonderful transformation and find your ultimate satisfaction in the living waters of Christ and His salvation?