Today we’re looking at John 4:7-15 – ‘Jesus and the Samaritan Woman’
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”
(For Jews did not usually speak to Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
…and also at John 4:31-34
…Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work…”
‘Sustenance’ means strength – and we all need strength to keep going. Jesus said ‘whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life’.
Later he said ‘my food is to do the will of him who sent me’. What can we learn from this? I picked out three things:
1. The ‘water’, (our spiritual refreshing), has to come from Jesus and only Jesus.
2. We should never feel spiritually needy if we dig deep into Jesus through the Bible and the Spirit inside us.
3. We need to emulate Jesus in seeing doing God’s will as something that sustains us, not something that tires us out or makes us weaker.
What an encouragement to start our day by remembering that we get stronger and healthier by attempting all that God wants us to do!
Margaret is the mother of our regular contributor, Emma. She lives in Cambridge and like Hannie, Lucy and Emma is a member of Christ Church. She teaches English in one of the Cambridge schools.