John 4:14 is in a beautifully set picture frame of a fountain in a secret garden that is on the wall of our home in our family room. Years ago I bought the frame because I loved the calming and inviting photo. Now I love it because of the scripture that it possesses.
This passage comes from one of my favorite interactions that Jesus had with a woman. I would like to share with you some of this amazing interaction that Jesus and the woman at the well had with one another.
The story starts at noon day. Jesus had stopped off at a well to rest from his journey. A Samaritan woman comes by to draw water from the well and Jesus asks her for a drink. The woman is surprised that he, a Jew is asking she, a Samaritan for some water. You see Jews and Samaritans didn’t talk to one another. “Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and would have given you living water.” (John 4:10) The woman is intrigued by what Jesus says about this living water. In her thinking he has nothing to draw water from the deep well. “Then 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)
Now the woman desires this living water. She wants it so she won’t become physically thirsty again. Skipping down a few verses the woman says, “I know that the Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, He will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you– I am He.”(John 4:25,26) Jesus reveals that He is the Christ! The one she has been waiting to hear from. This entire passage is powerful and I would encourage you to read it in it’s entirety. (John 4:1-42)
If we belong to Christ, we have this living water in us too springing up to eternal life! The message wasn’t just for the Samaritan woman but it’s for all who believe. It says in John 7:38, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of His heart will flow rivers of living water!” The rivers of living water is the Holy Sprit that is alive and active in the life of a believer. (John 7:39)
If you aren’t aware of the Holy Spirit and who he is I’d love for you to do a word study on Him. For those of you who are aware of who the Holy Spirit is, I’d encourage you to thank Him for His presence and activity in your life. What an awesome God we praise, wonderful Savior we serve and beautiful Holy Spirit we are growing to know. May you press into knowing the three in one, the Holy Trinity, in a deeper way today!