“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,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
In John 4, Jesus has met a Samaritan woman at a well. He had asked her for a drink, which was unusual since He was a Jew. And thus the conversation begins.
Jesus talks about living water…water that will take your thirst away forever. What is this water? It isn’t physical, because we drink that and then become thirsty again.
No, living water is different. Jesus is the living water. Salvation is found in no other, and only He will satisfy.
Are you thirsty? The things of this world cannot and will not satisfy. They will all turn to ashes. If you’re younger, like I am, ask people who have lived for decades and decades, and they will tell you that what is here will not satisfy. Wearing the fanciest clothes, having the highest-paying job, or being the top athlete won’t fulfill you.
C.S. Lewis, the great Christian apologist (defender) and author, wrote a book called The Silver Chair in his Narnia series. The Lion, Aslan, is a type (character) for Jesus. Put yourself into the scene below and read the conversation…close your eyes and hear the voices. The imagery is beautiful and explains the majestic message of the Gospel.
Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion.
“I am dying of thirst,” said Jill.
“Then drink,” said the Lion.
“May I — could I — would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl…
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
“Will you promise not to — do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill.
“I make no promise,” said the Lion…
“Do you eat girls?” she said.
“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.
“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.
“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”
“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.
Are you dying of thirst? You might have to give of yourself…He makes no promises about it being an easy road. The Lion bids you come and drink.
Jesus is the living water, the only water that will satisfy your thirst that can’t be fulfilled from what is in this world. Only through Jesus (John 14:6). Confess your sins against the Lord, repent and make Jesus the Lord of your life (Romans 10:9). That is partaking from the Living Water.
Are you thirsty? If you don’t drink, you’ll die of thirst.