Seems as though I’ve been coming across some verses in the Bible dealing with being thirsty lately. Most of which are pulled from the book of John. In chapter 4, Jesus meets a woman at a well, he asks for a drink and it leads to a conversation about what Jesus calls “living water” and never thirsting again. How can this be? The claim that Jesus makes (NEVER. THIRST. AGAIN.) is impossible and outrageous to say the least…or is it?
We can thist for more than just water. We can allow other things to grow our lives. We thirst for a lot of things, money, stuff, cars, video games, homes…these are all material things. What about the other things we thirst for? The things we can not touch, the things we can not build with our hands. What about the deep level things that can make or break us? Some of us thirst for acceptance, love, community, a safe place, stability, peace, contentment, satisfaction….the list goes on. It seems everyone I know has a void that they are looking to fill. They are not satisfied with the way they look or feel. They’ve filled their lives with spouses, children, self-help books, alcohol, drugs, relationships and a seemingly eternal list of things that just don’t cut it. We ALWAYS THIRST FOR MORE. Enough is NEVER enough.
Jesus poses a solution.
Read on in the story. The woman asks for this eternal thirst quenching super water, so that she doesn’t have to keep laboring uphill both ways to draw water from this well anymore. She. Simply. Doesn’t. Get. It.
Jesus doesn’t correct her, it seems he changes the subject. He tells her to go get her husband and come back. Her response? “I have no husband.” Jesus then goes on to tell her how she has had 5 husbands and the man she’s shacking up with now isn’t even one of those. Taken aback, she quickly tries to get the focus off of her, redirecting to a religious and cultural view. Jesus was a jew, through and through. She was a Samaritan. Jews and Samaritans don’t play well with each other, much less give each other water!
Here, is where Jesus pulls it all back together. He doesn’t mention being thirsty, he doesn’t mention water. He goes right in for the resuscitation, not the kill (see what I did there?).
Jesus:: “…a time is coming and HAS NOW COME when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23 NIV2011(CAPS mine)
Woman:: I know that Messiah is coming, and when he does HE will EXPLAIN EVERYTHING to us.
Jesus:: This guy, the one you’re chatting with right now…I AM he.
You see, Jesus already explained EVERYTHING to her. He told her that he was the missing piece to her spirit and soul. He told her that she was seeking acceptance and love in all the wrong places. He told her that it really doesn’t matter whether you’re a jew or not. And He told her that there is HOPE, that there is life beyond the miserable existence she was living…or should I say dying? Jesus reveals to a woman who is not Jewish that he IS Messiah, he is the Savior of the world!!! He explained to her that the “living water” he speaks of is the Spirit, that he is the Way to worship in the Spirit and truth.
Jesus is the water to all the things we thirst for, spiritual, physical, and mental. Christian, non-Christian, Atheist, Budhist, Muslim, Daoist…whatever. There is a void in your life. Jesus is the filler. Not only will he satisfy your every want and need, he will become in you a “…spring of living water welling up to eternal life” John 4:14b NIV2011
May you be thirsty, and may you find eternal satifaction.