“Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.” “Sir,” said the woman, “You don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do You get this ‘living water’? You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are You? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.” Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again — ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” “Sir,” the woman said to Him, “give me this water so I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.”
So Jesus tells the Woman at Jacob’s well that if she knew Who (here called the “Gift of God) He is, she’d ask Him for a drink of “Living Water” instead of Him asking her for a drink! (vs 10) This peaks her interest, so she asks, how will you draw water since the well is deep–“so where do you get this living water? He tells her, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again — ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” (vss 13-14) So what was Jesus talking about?
Jesus spoke of a eternal Source of water that would never run out. Such water is refered to in John 7:35-39 when Jesus, during the most solemn moment of the conclusion of the feast of boothes, proclaims to have living water that would quench the thirst for God in each of us, speaking of the Promised Holy Spirit Who would be given freely at Penticost, following Jesus’ death, burial and ressurection.
Such Living Water is also spoken of in Rev 22:1-2 which says, “Then he showed me the river of living water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the broad street of the city. . .” Taken as a whole as to what the Scriptures teach about this subject, I agree with Calvin’s Commentaries [Baker], p. 151): “Although we thirst throughout our whole life, yet it is certain that we have not received the Holy Spirit for a single day, or for any short period, but as a perennial fountain, which will never fail us.” With God’s Presence, His Living Water will never leave us thirsty again!
Jesus was claimimg to this women to be the Source of that Living Water and that Source which continually flows from the Presence of the Precious Holy Spirit in our reborn lives is measureless!
Jesus’ claim was that one who drinks of His source of Living Water will, “never get thirsty again — ever!” (vs 13)
The women responds by asking for this water in vs 15, “Sir . . . give me this water so I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water”. Though the women spoke of physical water, her response was an affirmitive one. You see, tomorrow will look at het life and see that she was thirsty for something that water couldn’t quench. She, like the rest of us was thirsty for the joy, satisfaction and compainionship that only comes from knowing Jesus. She met Him that day and drank from His Source of Living Water, and indeed was never thirsty again.
How have you responded to Jesus? Have you drank deeply of His Presence or are you still searching for something, anything, to quench the thirst you have today?
Think about it!