Summary: Jesus offers Living Water
Water that Soothes, Satisfies, Saves the Soul John 4:5-42
Medical professionals tell us we need to drink more water. You’ve heard that. You know this.
They tell us we should drink at least 8-8 ounce glasses of water per day. The reason we should, we are told, is to prevent dehydration.
Dehydration is one of the side-effects of not drinking enough water. Dehydration has proven to be dangerous to the body in that it can lead to dizziness, confusion, memory loss, weakness, fatigue, trembling, fainting and even death.
On the other hand, there are benefits to drinking water. The benefits of drinking water are: hydration, lubricates joints, increases circulation, provides moisture to skin, increased energy, shiner hair, relieves constipation, helps the liver, kidney and bladder flush toxins from the body and there are tons of other benefits of drinking water.
But not just any water, pure, clean, clear, fresh water. This excludes coffee, sodas, teas, and alcohol. All these contain diuretics which absorb water from the body and can leave you dehydrated.
The most important benefit to drinking water is it soothes, satisfies and saves the soul. But not just any water..... Living Water that comes from Jesus Christ.
And just as a lack of water can be deadly to the body, never coming and drinking the Living Water is deadly to the soul.
In John 4 we read a conversation b/ween Jesus and a Samaritan woman. Their conversation took place at a well where she had come to draw water.
The story starts in v5-19; 25-26; 28-30; 39-42
V3 tells us that Jesus and his disciples left Judea to go to Galilee by way of Samaria. They arrive at a city called Sychar in Samaria at a well of water that Jacob gave his son Joseph. Jesus being wearied of his travels stopped at this well around noon and a woman of Samaria came out to draw some water from the well.
The conversation b/ween her and Jesus begins in v5 when he asked her to give him a drink of water that she pulls from the well. She is initially shocked that he being a Jew would even speak to her being a Samaritan.
Jesus gets right to the point in v10 when he says…..
There are four parts to this story I want to bring to your attention:
First of I see in this passage a Comparison.
Jesus make a comparison between two types of water. The comparison b/ween the two is done to show that one is eternal satisfying and the other is not.
The two waters here are earthly water that she's drawing form the well and the Living water that he offers her.
Notice the comparison b/ween these two.
Earthly water is for the body and is from man.
Heavenly Water is for the soul and is from God.
The water she was drawing from the well was earthly water. It was water from a well Jacob dug and gave to his son Joseph.
The water Jesus was offering was heavenly water. It was for the soul. It came down from heaven.
Earthly water only satisfies the body temporarily.
Heavenly Water satisfies the soul eternally.
V13 Jesus speaking of the water from the well says…
Earthly water only satisfies the body temporarily. You will thirst again.