'Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.b The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”'
Imagine how refreshing a drink of water is when walking through the desert on a scorching hot day.
Left for a moment without His disciples, Jesus executed a divine intervention with an ordinary Samaritan woman. So why was this woman ordinary? The passage reveals that she had been with many men other than her husband - she was a sinner, like you and me. He starts off by asking her for a drink, which was very odd for that time because Jews had no dealings with Samaritans.
Then He explains that the kind of water she is drawing from the well is inferior to the water He has come to offer, for His water will leave man satisfied whereas her water is only temporal. In other words, she will have to keep coming back time and time again to replenish her water stock and it will never truly satisfy.
This is the allusion Jesus was making here. He desires to refresh the weary soul and replenish all who are weak. This woman had sinned. Spiritually, she was walking through a hot desert with no lasting water to satisfy. She was weak in her flesh but the Lord brought a word of encouragement to her, that she will have to settle no longer. Jesus had come to deliver her, and all of mankind, from sin, promising to refresh and invigorate the soul. He had mercy upon her weary soul. The Lord is tender-hearted and forgiving and He treated her with compassion rather than an outcast, which is how she felt.
Just as man is born of water from the womb, this living water that only the Messiah Jesus can offer, springs up from within. This is a neverending supply of purifying water. Eternal life is the greatest gift you will ever receive - if you are willing!
Are you in need of refreshment?
As I write this, we are about to enter the year 2020 (5780 on the Hebrew calendar). What plans have you already made? What is your New Year's resolution? I believe this year, at least for me, is the year of seeking a deeper fellowship with Jesus. Growing closer to God and living out His Word by His grace.
We live in a world that is growing increasingly opposed to God and His true holy nature. It is of great importance that we draw near to Him.
If you don't know Jesus, then this is the year to come to Him and receive the living water, just like the woman at the well.
If you are a believer already and perhaps you have even backslidden, now is the time to go to the next level by asking God to help you to place Him in first position in your life. This is where He ought to belong. He deserves all glory and praise.
The year 2020 ought to be a time that we get serious about our walk with Jesus. If not now, then when? If you know you need to come to the Lord, He is merciful - don't put it off for another minute.
If you feel a little weak, remember God's Word.
'but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.' I pray that this word will find all those who need it for 2020 and beyond.
We are still filming our Hebrew gospel video. The script has been finalised, translated and professionally recorded by an Israeli voiceover artist. Costumes and sets are complete and we are about to scout some locations for outside shooting. We hope to have the film finished by mid-year. Please pray for us as we endeavour to serve the Lord. In His Service, Judah