When you see the name Jesus (jee-zhus) Christ or you hear someone say that name what is the first thing that pops into your mind. If you’ve never heard the name or anything about Jesus I hope that this blog brings you a bit of understanding and sparks your curiosity regarding Him. Jesus Christ is basically God in the flesh. His whole reason for being here on this earth was so that other people would have a chance to get closer to God without the weight of their imperfection standing in between them and Him.
While Jesus was on earth he had many encounters with people from different walks of life. The most memorable encounters were the miraculous ones where individuals were healed and set free from debilitating or very shameful situations. His life was devoted to providing a remedy for those who were overlooked but also for those who we would never think have issues. I guess not even status or importance can keep someone from experiencing trouble.
The encounters I most identify with are those involving the underdog or the rejected person. There was the lepers who were ostracized from society due to their contagious condition, the woman with the issue of blood who hemorrhaged for over 12 years, and my most favorite is the woman at the well (Ref. John 4).
John 4: 4-26 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 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 do not associate with Samaritans.[a]) 10 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.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 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?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.”15 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.”16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
So why this encounter? This is where He reveals that He is the Messiah, the one promised through time to bring salvation and redemption to the world. He revealed this to a person who would have been excluded from that promise stretching the arms of Jesus to include the rejected groups. The revelation of who he is was brought to light when He asked her for a drink of water. This dialogue along with Him being able to tell her about her life without actually being in her life is what helped her to identify Jesus for who He was. The very living water that He was referring to. (Note: We encounter Jesus Christ through His spirit which is inside everyone that receives Him as their personal Savior. There is no person walking around in this day and age that is the Messiah or Jesus Christ in the flesh. However, we as Christians live our lives to duplicate the love and reverence for God that He displayed while here on earth.)
What is living water? Living water is in reference to the refreshing of the soul that occurs when we engage in things that bring us closer to God which have nothing to do with ritual, but everything to do with relationship. She was talking to Him about a place and He was pointing her to a positioning in her heart. (Note: Not in reference to the Christian church which is a place where we go to learn more about God and fellowship with other believers but in specific regions.)
How do we obtain this living water? The initial step is accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior. All you have to do to accept Him as your Savior is say, “Lord I believe that your son Jesus died to save me from my sins and I receive your son as my personal Savior”. Next is to start communicating with God in prayer experiencing Him right where you are. God gave us this honor because He desired a relationship with us that was not riddled with excuses as to why we were unqualified to be with Him by closing the gaps between Him and us. The only thing left to do is to just come to Him and continue to develop our relationship with Him.