living water// the hundredfold return
catch up on this series!
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
when i first read this passage in context, i read over it simply because of how miniscule a detail it seemed to be. they were at a well, and it didn't seem to be that big of a deal that Jesus asked the woman to give Him a drink. but after dwelling on this story for some time, and now writing about the first two points in depth, i want to suggest that you read this for exactly what it was symbolically.
Jesus asked if she would give Him a drink.
last week we expanded on the time of day she traveled to the well and entertained the idea that she was trying to avoid public ridicule by going to draw water alone in the hot sun as opposed to later in the day with the village's women.
continuing with that theory, let's now expand on Jesus' request, because i do not believe He was simply engaging in an arbitrary method of sparking conversation. i believe this question was crafted with love and delivered with words that would have a direct relation to how He would specifically heal this woman.
/////she was traveling to the well for water to clean her clothes and body, cook her food and quench her thirst. when Jesus asked for a drink, He was inviting Himself into one of these comforts in a way.. He wanted a bit of what she had come to that place for.
when Jesus asked her for a drink she first replied by acknowledging the difference in their physical appearance; she being a Samaritan woman and Him being a Jewish man.
(remember, these two cultures did not get along)
Jesus responds by saying
"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."
next she says
"you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?"
and Jesus replies
“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.”
i want to solicit to you the idea that this is a very similar exchange we all have with God, especially when we are dwelling in the pit of sin.
when God calls us out and asks us to give it up, don't we usually respond with resistance?
we either point out that we are not good enough.
when God calls us to repent, to give Him the sinful water we are constantly drawing and constantly going back for more of, we feel we are not good enough to turn to Him. we are, in a way, the Samaritan woman to the Jewish man.
or we question God's ability to save us.
just as the Samaritan woman questions how Jesus will draw this living water He speaks of, we will stand in doubt and debate until we have a clear image of the tool He will use to save us. we cannot believe it until we see it, and until we see it, we don't even notice the miracle that is in the works.
John 4 is more than a story of a chance meeting during a trip to a well..
it's the story of how He reaches out to us each day and how we often respond.
in the story of the Samaritan woman:
- Jesus is at a border that many people had not and would not cross.
- He has met this woman in the midst of her painful and sinful life.
- He has now made a life-saving offer disguised as a request.
for in His request, "will you give me a drink?" He is actually making an offer:
"I will take your thirst."
whatever He asks of you, He will not only reverse but will return to you one hundredfold
Mark 10:29-30 illuminates the Lord's message for those who repent and follow Him:
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.
when we are called to follow Christ we are also called to lay down our sinful life. this is not the controlling action of a cruel God but the loving gesture of a compassionate Father. He does not want us to continue to drag our weary bodies through the heat to the well that will only leave us thirsty again. He wants us to give Him that water we desperately seek, that sin, so that He can in turn provide us with the living water that will truly satisfy us.
what is God is asking you for today?
remember that whatever you give Him will be returned one hundredfold,
and that the thirst will be quenched once and for all.