Jesus Is the Living Water
Read: John 4
Jesus isn’t concerned about hanging with the “in” crowd. In John 4, Jesus initiates a conversation with a highly unlikely character—a woman. A Samaritan woman. A Samaritan woman who has had five husbands. Her gender made her culturally inferior. Her race labeled her as one to be avoided. Her lifestyle choices marked her as one to be condemned. But Jesus ignores all the social barriers meant to separate. Because His concern isn’t for appearances; His concern is for people. All people. Hurting people. Searching people. People who make bad choices. Empty people. Because that’s all of us, right?
In John 4:15, the woman refers to the hassle of returning to the well so often to quench her thirst. In the same way, she has repeatedly returned to the “well” of failed relationships to fill her emptiness, to quench her persistent disappointment. In John 4:13-14, Jesus offers to heal a hurt that the woman at the well doesn’t even realize she has, and today He offers the same for us.
While we stuff ourselves on what the world offers—money, success, relationships, sex, possessions, entertainment—the satisfaction is momentary at best. Jesus offers us peace and joy and love and a relationship that is fulfilling. Jesus alone satisfies our every need, quenches our every thirst, lasts forever and never disappoints. He approaches us in our current state and offers to meet our greatest need—the need for a Savior.
1. What can you learn about Jesus from this chapter?
2. How have you tried to fill your own emptiness with the things of the world? What same traps have you often returned to like the woman returned to the well?
3. How have you experienced Jesus’ peace or joy or love in your own life recently?
Taken from The Gospel of John: A 21 Day Bible Study
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