Summary: Jesus offers her a chance to be a part of a family where she will be loved permanently. Her wells kept running dry, but Jesus offers her a well that will never run dry.
Keith Miller in his book The Scent Of Love tells of the young
intern who was brilliant and competitive, and wanted to get his
hands on the toughest cases that came into the hospital. One day a
man was brought in very sick. His temperature was high, his blood
count was down, and his fluids were out of balance. He was in bad
shape, and this young doctor said, "I'll take him." He started
working on the sick man and got his temperature down. Then he
got his blood count up, and his fluids in balance. Everything was
going quite well, but suddenly the patient died.
The supervising physician came by just as the intern was covering
the patient, and he noticed he was furious. He watched
unobserved from the hall as the young doctor grabbed the chart at
the front of the bed, took a pen out of his pocket, and scrawled
something across it. Then he stormed angrily out passed the
supervisor, and never said a word. The older physician could not
resist going into to see what he had written. It said, "This patient
was in better condition when he died then when he first came to
me." This is in the same category with the statement, "The
operation was a success, but the patient died." It sounds strange,
but this is the goal of the physician of the soul-to make sure people
are in better condition when they die.
Corrie Ten Boom got the warning that a Jewish orphanage was
to be raided, and all the babies killed. She quickly got some of her
Dutch boys dressed up in Nazi uniforms, and sent them to the
orphanage to demand that the babies be turned over to them. With
tears they were handed over. The people did not realize that they
were really saving the babies. All were given to families to raise.
One of the boys involved in this clever rescue said to Corrie that he
believed the most important work of his life was the saving of those
babies. Corrie said to him that as important as it was, the more
important work is saving people forever by telling them of Jesus.
She put her hand on his shoulder and said, "Pete, every Christian is
called to be a soul winner for Jesus.....and in your life there will
come a times when you will see that as the most important work for
Six months later he was arrested, and given one week to live. The
day before he was executed he wrote this letter to Corrie. "All the
boys in my cell are sentenced to death. I am so glad that I could tell
them about Jesus and they have accepted Him. I know that when
they shoot us tomorrow, we will all go to heaven, because we have
brought our sins to Jesus and He has made us all children of God.
We know that the house of the Father with many mansions is our
very close future. I see now that the most important work for a
Christian is to win souls for eternity. Like the young doctor, this
young physician of the soul could have written their death
certificates with these words: "These boys were in better condition
when they died then when they came to me." Jesus could have
written this concerning the thief on the cross as well.
This is the ultimate need of all mankind. We cannot solve the
problems of the world. It will be a fallen world until Jesus comes
again, and it will be a world of unsolvable problems and crooked
paths we cannot make straight. But we can make sure that the
victims of this fallen world are in better condition when they die,
then ever before. That is the great human need that Jesus
addresses in John 4. He does not offer the woman at the well
marriage counseling, or some advice on self-esteem therapy. After
being rejected by five husbands, she no doubt had a head full of
psychological problems. Jesus did not inquire if there were
children involved, and offer her family guidance, or legal advice on
how she could get out of Samaria and start a new life. This woman
may have had more problems than we could imagine, but all Jesus
offered her was a spring of water that would well up to eternal life.
He was not solving all her problems, but He was offering her the
chance to be in better condition when she died, than she ever was
before she met the Messiah.
The point I am getting at it this: Man's greatest need is for
eternal life. There are a great many studies on man's basic needs.
He needs food, air, water, shelter, clothing, and he needs love and