Yesterday we looked at Jesus’ conversation about life (zoe) with Nicodemus. Today let’s take a look at his conversation with the Samaritan woman, commonly called “the woman at the well.” The story is found in John 4.
The story has Jesus travelling through the region of Samaria, a place that no self respecting Jew would ever travel through. Jews and Samaritans hated each other, disagreed on theology, and in general avoided each other. When Jesus stops at a well in the middle of the day, he meets a Samaritan woman there who is drawing water, and he asks her for a drink. She is shocked at his humility in lowering himself to ask for something from her, and she questions why he is talking to a woman, and a Samaritan woman at that.
John 4:10. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the [free] gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
First, Jesus says that the life made available to the woman is free. Zoe is free. Living water is free. The Spirit is free. Christ’s life is free. And what God has made free, may we never make costly.
Notice what Jesus says next, “if you knew…who it is that is saying to you give me a drink.” Of course he is talking about himself. He is connecting himself to the free gift. He IS the free gift. The free gift is himself.
And the free gift is the “living water.” The water, as we saw yesterday, is the Spirit himself. So the “free gift” is the Son and the Spirit. They’re a combo package. The Father freely gives us the Son, and the Son freely gives us the Spirit.
John 4:14. The water that I will give [to the person who drinks] will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life [zoe].
When you trust in Jesus, you get all the Spirit you are ever going to get, and all the life you are ever going to get. It is Christ’s life made to gush out of us like a spring of water. And we will never thirst again- every desire is satisfied by Christ’s indwelling life. “To live is Christ” is that soul satisfying life. A life where every thirst is quenched.
This is the life that the woman needed. Having been through 5 husbands, she sought satisfaction in all kinds of things in her life. But only true worship could satisfy her. Only eternal hope and love could bring her peace. Only Christ could quench her thirst and ours.
On the cross, Christ cried out “I thirst” so that we might never thirst again.
And a bonus video just because it needed to happen.