Is there a difference between the thinking of a 20- or 30-something-year-old single male and a 40- or 50-something never-married single male about getting married? I will share some information on that subject in the next article. In the meanwhile, first, view this film clip released by Columbia Pictures in 1955. Then view the conclusion on the “HERS” page. It is quite humorous.
By Justin Coleman
“13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”” – John 4:13-14 (NKJV)
John chapter 4 contains a rather famous account of the ‘woman at the well’. Often times the focus of this story is put on the end result. Jesus shows the Samaritan woman that He sees her right where she is by telling her what has gone on in her life. She has had five husbands and is now living with another man that is not her husband. Jesus doesn’t do this to embarrass her. This is a private conversation between the two of them, because the disciples were in town buying food. Because of how Jesus supernaturally told her what was going on in her life she recognized that He was the Son of God.
This woman that had a very ugly past suddenly became the most successful evangelist in town. She went into town and told people what happened and convinced them to come hear Jesus for themselves. Through this encounter, she was no longer ashamed of her past and was openly inviting others to meet the one who was able to reach her right where she was.
This encounter is a great example of how God sees us right where we are. No matter how good or bad our lives may be. No matter how good or bad our conduct may have been or currently is, God is there and He is wanting to reach out to us to show us that He is not only there, but that He wants to restore us and give us the eternal life that Jesus died to provide.
That is a great truth and rightfully has been emphasized many times, but there is another aspect to this story that I want to focus on. During the initial part of their conversation Jesus uses the well as a natural example of a spiritual reality. Jesus asks for a drink. The woman objects, because Samaritans and Jews don’t have any dealings with each other. Jesus ignores her objection and says in verse 10 “…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.”
Jesus is wanting her to see that there is a ‘spiritual drink’ that can satisfy, just like the natural water satisfies a natural thirst. Like it says in verse 13 and 14, whenever we drink natural water it will satisfy our natural thirst, but its only a matter of time before that thirst comes back. There is no way to drink water or any other substance that would permanently satisfy our natural need or thirst for water. But Jesus says that He has a water that will satisfy us so completely that we will never thirst again.
Imagine what this woman’s life was like. She had five husbands and was now living with another man. We aren’t given any details about what happened with her previous marriages, but I think its safe to say that it could have been due to some kind of lack of satisfaction in those relationships. How many relationships today fall apart, because one or both partners is not satisfied? Perhaps this woman had so many failed relationships because she was always searching for, and never finding, a satisfaction deep in her soul. A level of satisfaction that can only come from God.
I believe that is the satisfaction that Jesus was referring to when He said that if we drink the water that He gives that we would never thirst again. We all have a thirst, or desire, deep in our hearts that can only be satisfied by Jesus. We can try to fill that part of our hearts with human relationships, work, fame, status, drugs, or anything else this world has to offer, but the reality is that we will only experience true satisfaction if we go to Jesus and drink the spiritual water that He has to offer which is eternal life. The good news is that it is for everyone because He said ‘whoever drinks’, so I invite you to come to Jesus and drink deeply of the spiritual life He has for you.