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.”
This woman by the well was thirsty. It wasn’t because of the noontime heat that she experienced (that’s why the other women normally drew water from the well in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun wasn’t as scorching).
She was looking for a drink and did not want anyone to see her. Maybe she had a shy personality or she was introverted. At least it seemed like that from an outside perspective.
Jesus encountered her just at the right time and place, when his disciples went into town to get some food. He was by the well, as it were, already knowing that she would be there. Jesus then asks her for a drink of water.
What followed is a long conversation between a Jewish teacher and a Samaritan woman. To us, this would have been a normal everyday conversation but to the folks at that time, it would’ve been taboo for just even a talk between such people.
Jesus, nonetheless, kept on speaking with the woman. He knew why she was there and what she was looking for. He knew the source of her thirst and he knew how she had tried to fulfill her thirst. He tells her that she has had five husbands and even the one she is with now is not even her husband.
The woman tries to shift the impending awkwardness of the conversation but Jesus is relentless in getting to the root of the Samaritan woman’s heart issue.
He talks about a thirst that cannot be satisfied by mere water. Something that we are all parched for but never seems to satisfy. Jesus speaks of the water that He will give and declares that it not only has the power to fully satisfy anyone who drinks of it, but it will even turn into a fountain—a spring of water welling up unto eternal life.
Jesus concludes the conversation with an emphatic declaration that He is indeed the Messiah that has been prophesied to come. The woman draws near to drink of this truth and allows her faith in the Christ to change her life; she instantly becomes an evangelist and draws everyone else in town towards Jesus—the Messiah.
John Piper once said, “Faith is the quenching of the soul’s thirst at the fountain of God.”
This woman clearly had her fill of the life-giving waters that Jesus gives and she was never the same again. Have you quenched your thirst at the fountain of God today?