Isaiah 12: 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Jesus was resting at the well when a Samaritan woman arrived to draw water alone. Most women drew water in the early morning or in the evening when the sun is about to set. She perhaps was an outcast because she came to the well alone. Jesus revealed that she was scorned by the townspeople due to her past.
Just the fact that Jesus spoke to her a Samaritan was a miracle of grace, she being a woman was scandalous, and one with her past was beyond imagination. Yet, he did more than add value to her by the courtesy of addressing her; what He did for her is simple; He gave her something better than what she came for – He gave her “Living Water.”
We should enjoy attending church and participating in the worship, because without a doubt Jesus always gives us more and something much better than what we came for.
Her story was one of contrast she came for something much less than what Jesus was offering. She came for physical water; but He offered spiritual water. She came as an outcast; Jesus made her accepted by God and employed her as a witness that stirred all of Samaria. Living waters of eternal value replaced her need for physical water.
When Jesus began to reveal to her the life she had lived, she did her best to change the subject and started an argument about her religion. She wanted to know which mountain was the right mountain to worship at. Jesus was a master of redirection. He came right back and revealed that true worship does not happen at a place but at the point where spirit and truth meet together. It’s about relationship not religion. It’s about salvation! Do you know Him? What are you Thirsty for?
Consider for a moment that Jesus is thirsty. He thirsts for true worship and sincere fellowship. It is the only thing that refreshes His Spirit. Your love, your worship and devotion makes Calvary worth it all to Him. The joy that was set before Him was that you would be saved.
At the Cross-we see two prophecies harmonized. “Living Water” cries out “I Thirst!”
The prophecies of old spoken by David under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost had this to say, “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (Psalm 69:21).
No element was missing from the portrait of grace painted by the hands of the master apostles; every prophecy was accounted for and fulfilled. No detail was overlooked because God in His wisdom inscribed in scripture every detail of the great tragedy of the cross centuries before it happened.
Jesus honored every word of God and he spoke these two words for one reason – to fulfill prophecy and make His obedience complete. Nothing but submission would cause Him speak to soon, “but it is written: in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink, and what pain could not do prophesy did do. The remarkable timing of Jesus shows us beyond a shadow of a doubt that He truly is God Almighty.
John 19:28-29 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
Jesus understands the human condition better than all the Psychology Departments of the Ivy League Schools; He knows that we are thirsty and in need of true “Living Water.” If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink (John 7:37). Our thirst can be quenched and we can be filled but we have to want it – Got Thirst?
Our world is in chaos; we all share a common experience of spiritual anguish and what we need cannot be satisfied by anything the world has to offer. Too often when we do seek for things of this world to satisfy we end up destroying ourselves. Our busyness, alcohol, drugs, extramarital affairs, none of these poisons will satisfy. They will leave you broken, bruised and beaten. I choose Jesus. The World needs Jesus. He is the only one that can meet that deep longing in our heart. Only through His presence can we discover the true and unspeakable joy of the Holy Ghost.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6).
When God wanted Israel to conquer their bitter waters he instructed Moses to cut down a tree and throw it into the water and the waters were made sweet and fresh.
At the cross, we find another tree that has the power to turn bitterness into sweetness that changes bitter waters to refreshing water to quench the greatest thirst of man’s soul – The Presence of the LORD – Got Thirst?