“Who is Jesus” John 4:1-26 (Part 2 of 3)

Jesus is Grace from God

In part one of the lessons we learn from the Samaritan woman, we saw that this woman acknowledged the enmity between the Jews and the Samaritans.  This, however, did not represent her real problem because that is the enmity present between sinners and God.  Jesus is the gift from God that will bring peace.

She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?  You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”

Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”

He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.”

The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband;’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”

I find in their second exchange a growing boldness in this woman.  She didn’t experience the conflict she expected from Jesus, so she responds to His offer of living water.  This part of their conversation is marked by her observations about her circumstances:

  • Jesus offers water – but He doesn’t have anything to draw with.
  • Her people have already received good water from Jacob – does Jesus think He can do better?
  • She wants water that will once and for all satisfy her thirst – then she won’t have to come out to get water every day.
  • She has no husband – but Jesus knows even more than she reveals.

Living things cannot survive without water.  The circumstances of people living in this time required them to search for and obtain a daily supply of water.  The hot springs here in my town are fascinating because of their constantly flowing clean water, but in order to make use of it, a person has to go to the springs or pipe it into their home.  What kind of water does Jesus have that satisfies thirst and becomes a well of eternal springs of life?

This woman is fixed on her physical circumstances.  She thinks her problem is that she needs water to drink, cook, and clean; she has to take a container out to the well to get it; and she has to go at a time when no one else from her village is around.  Jesus sits and speaks with her until He reveals that her problem is not her physical circumstances, but rather her problem is inside of her.  He looks right into her heart to the sin that she tries to hide from Him.  Don’t we do this too?  It’s not that our circumstances aren’t important, but our sinful heart is a more serious problem.

The Prophet Ezekiel spoke the words of the Lord to His people, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” (Ezekiel 36:25-27)

Jesus not only is the gift of reconciliation and peace with God, He is the fulfillment of God’s promise of cleansing and a new heart.  This new heart is provided by God, and it is alive and ready for His Spirit.  This is a heart that is continually filled and refreshed by God.  It is a heart that is satisfied into eternity.  This heart is also a gift.  There is no way to buy it, earn it, or work towards it – it is grace from God.

Just think about sitting at this well and talking to Jesus – God’s gift of peace and grace.  “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. … For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” (John 1:14,16)  He is available for you too.

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