Feeling Dry? Part 2
This two part series from Pastor Jonathan Harper, Worship, Youth, and Children's Pastor at Clare Assembly, continues the story of "The Woman at the Well" from John chapter 4. Want to read the first in this series? Click here. Picking up where we left off, Jesus has told the woman “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water”.
Continuing on, the woman replies a second time: “Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” (vs. 11). Scholars suggest the well was at least seventy-five feet deep. That’s a far way down to reach with just your hand! The woman then points out that it was their father Jacob who dug and drank from this well. Jesus responds, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (vs. 13-14).
John 4:13-14- “Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 4:13-14 could be the thesis statement for this passage of scripture: so much to draw from! Note the woman’s motive for her second response: resources. She responds out of a dry heart: you have nothing and the task at hand is nearly impossible. When I was an undergraduate student at Oral Roberts University, I had the honor of going on a missions trip to Miami, FL. The cost of this trip was $1800, an impossible task. I was distraught. I did not have the funds to go! While our team was praying for Miami and for God to use us, the first miracle happened: my funds were raised! God provided for the missions trip. You know what I learned? When we lead with what we do not have, we dismiss the power of Jesus. We need to speak hope and speak life! As our main text declares, Jesus will become in us “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” This is a gift He promises us, a gift that wells up, keeps on giving, and never runs dry. When resources are questioned, may we respond not out of a dry heart like the woman, but out of a full heart in Christ.
The woman says to Jesus, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water” (vs. 15). Jesus tells her to call her husband, but the woman responds that she has no husband. Jesus answers, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true” (vs. 17-18).
Though what the woman says is defiant, it is true. Jesus knew her marital history: It screamed a need for companionship. Now, she was even with a man who was not her husband, trying to fulfill a personal need. Her third response shows what her dry heart needed. However, declaring this truth, that she has no husband, sets her free to receive the gift Jesus has for her.
My wife has an incredible servant’s heart. However, when we were dating, she had a hard time letting me pay for meals and gifts. She wanted to help out, and I admired her for it! Nevertheless, after many attempts to pay the dinner bill without her looking, I finally said, “Addy, it blesses me when I bless you. Please let me bless you.” And she did. She finally understood I enjoyed giving to her.
Jesus enjoys giving to us, too. Unlike the woman at the well, he does not want us to get caught up in what we need. Jesus is all we need. Through the Holy Spirit, He sends peace and comfort. Psalm 50:10 declares the Father owns “the cattle on a thousand hills.” Matthew 10:29 says that He sees the sparrow when it falls. God provides for us and cares for us because, like the joy a father receives when he buys the first bike for his son, it blesses Him.
Let’s continue with our main text. The woman acknowledges that Jesus is a prophet and then declares, “Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem” (vs. 19). Jesus responds out of love, declaring, “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” Jesus concludes by saying, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (vs. 21-24).
The woman says she knows the Messiah is coming. “When he comes,” she says, “He will explain everything to us” (vs. 25). Like a master chess player claiming checkmate, Jesus declares, “I, the one speaking to you- I am he” (vs. 26). Her truth from a dry heart had finally met His truth.
Suddenly all became clear. He was the Messiah, and He still is. Jesus is alive today! Just as he was inviting the woman to worship in spirit and in truth, he does the same today with us, for nothing is as satisfying as the love of Jesus. There is no lust so tempting. There is no Netflix show so addicting. No sport is so promising. No musical instrument is so captivating. No meal is so mouth-watering. No fashion is so trending. No likes or views are so uplifting. No drug is so escaping. No drink is so numbing. Finally, no friendship is so affirming that can compare to the love of Jesus Christ.
Is your heart dry today? No matter what we pour into our hearts, Jesus is the only way to eternal life. I cannot argue you to Jesus, I can only present you with the opportunity to accept his gift of eternal life. As we saw together in the text, He is the only one who will satisfy your thirst. Jesus declares, “The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (vs. 14). His love will win you over every time. Will you allow Jesus to give you a full heart and accept his gift of eternal life?