Thirsty – John 4, by Ty Tamasaka
“10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” John 4:10-15 NIV
In the middle of a 110-120 degree heat, Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman. At this point, she is clearly parched. Jesus begins the conversation by asking her for a drink of water. The Samaritan woman is surprised by His request for two reasons. First, she was surprised because Jewish men don’t speak to women (culturally) and second, because He had nothing to draw out water from the well.
Jesus then turns the conversation from earthly thirst to a Heavenly gift from God. Jesus reversed the direction of the thirst quenching. At first He asks her for a drink then He challenges her to ask Him for a drink. He basically tells her, “You know what you are really thirsty for? It’s not cold water. What you are really thirsty for is living water… I can give it to you.”
Jesus here is talking about salvation. Like He did with Nicodemus in chapter 3, Jesus was talking about being born again. He was talking about what it meant to move from being apart from God to being in a relationship with Him. Jesus was talking about what she was really thirsty for… to connect with God, find forgiveness of sin, and to be loved. He pointed out that she was thirsty for God, but she didn’t even know it.
There are many people who are thirsty for God, but don’t really know it yet. They may think life is fine or that they don’t need God, but deep down inside, they want to connect with God, find forgiveness of sin, and be loved.
When sharing my faith, my attitude needs to change. Jesus saw the Samaritan woman’s thirst for God before she did. Too often, I fail to recognize the thirst for God that others truly have. Too often I think people aren’t thirsty for God. I think they don’t recognize their need for Him or they don’t want to hear about Him. Jesus saw past outward resistance with the expectation that people wanted God.
1 – Jesus risked His reputation for her.
“10 Jesus answered her…”
By talking to her, Jesus showed that He gave less regard to His reputation, and greater regard to the Samaritan woman’s soul.
2 – Jesus made the Gospel sound great
“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
What a way to communicate God’s message! “If you only knew the gift of God…” “If you only knew,” seems to be inviting her into great news! Someone once said that preachers are like used car salesmen. They have nothing new to sell (we make no additions or new revelations to the Gospel). They simply have to make what they have, look good.
3 – Jesus recognized her thirst for God before she did.
“13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst”
The Samaritan woman thought she was just thirsty for water from the well… until Jesus gave her a preferred picture of the future.
4 – Jesus encouraged her thirst for God.
“Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Jesus encouraged her to thirst for the living waters welling up to eternal life and continued to make the Gospel sound great… which it is!
Next we see the Samaritan woman responding to Jesus. She is still thinking in terms of physical water when Jesus was in fact, speaking of the eternal.
“15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
As we share our faith with others, we need to know that we cannot make people drink of the Living Waters that Jesus gives. We can only seek to make them thirsty. The Holy Spirit is the One who will draw people to Jesus and help them be satisfied in Him.
Lord Jesus use me to make people thirsty for You. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.