Jesus invites us to come to the fountain of life where we will be refreshed, renewed, and restored. He is that fountain which has an endless supply. We need to come to the fountain and forsake the alternatives. Find life in the living waters.
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:7-10
A Place for Outcasts
This passage is packed with so much stuff! First, you have a woman who is coming to the well in the middle of the day. Women didn’t do that back then; they arrived in the morning when it was cool. If this lady was here in the heat of the day, it was because she was avoiding the stares and gossip of the other ladies. She had apparently done something that caused this.
A Divine Encounter
This leads to a divine encounter. Enter Jesus who asks her for water. Men usually didn’t talk to women they didn’t know, and even more so Jews didn’t speak to a Samaritans. To say this woman was shocked when Jesus asked her would be an understatement. Jesus uses that moment to show his grace and love. He reached out to an immoral lady who needed the life that he was bringing. Jesus tells her that he would give her “living water.” Jesus saw beyond her past and saw what could be in her future. That’s how God sees us.
Everyone is in search of the fountain of youth. They are looking for a renewable source of life that will not only sustain them but bring them joy. Some try to find that in a family, others in fitness, still others look for it in financial security, but this life only comes through Jesus Christ. If we will believe in and follow Him, we will be filled with the Holy Spirit, and that life-giving source will be installed in our hearts. The Samaritan woman was looking for life in all the wrong places, but after Jesus ministered to her, she was never the same.