By Benjamin H. Liles
Yet, what exactly is this living water that Jesus spoke of in John 4? At first glance it's an encounter Jesus has with a Samaritan woman at the village of Sychar. At some point during this narrative, Jesus tells 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" (John 4:10). Here's the thing of it, however; Jesus already knew of her many husbands and the fact she was with a man she wasn't even married to!
But He calls out to her with those words of assurance: "He would have given you living water." He's not saying, at all, that He is the living water, but that He can give her this water that never ends. In context of an Old Testament verse we read, "After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions" (Joel 2:28, Holman Christian Standard).
This "living water" is the Holy Spirit God gives to all who believe on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Just as the Samaritan woman at Sychar was tired of living in her sins and was willing to talk to Jesus, a Jew, in her own admission, so Jesus was in essence telling her, "If you just asked me, for I am who I am, I would give you the Holy Spirit of God." I know, it's an incredible thing to say at such a time! If any God-fearing Jews had been around Jesus they would have gotten infuriated He would dare make such a claim.
Here are a few others He made plainly to them, though:
- "I and the Father are one" - John 10:30
- "[I know this is true firsthand], before Abraham was, I am" - John 8:58
- "I already told you, but you did not believe. The works I do in My Father's name testify on My behalf" - John 10:25
- "And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world existed." - John 17:5
These are just a few things Jesus said within the Gospel accounts where He claims to be a part of God. Still, He calls to those who are tired of being in sin. He comes and gives His grace and mercy to those who humble themselves before Him. He extends His hands of love to those who are poor in spirit, who follow after truth, who desire more in this life than their own pleasure or satisfaction. They want this living water that only Jesus gives.
In fact, in another part of John's gospel, he records, "On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified" (John 7:37-39). Within those couple of verses Jesus is referring to God's promise from any of the Old Testament prophecies such as Isaiah 58:11, Ezekiel 47:1-12, and Zechariah 14:8.
The big thing is that we can have access to Jesus the Messiah and His Holy Spirit by admitting to God we are sinners and are sinful in need of Him and His grace. I know I used the portion of scripture at least once where there's glaring difference between the Pharisee and the tax collector, but it needs to be used again here: "He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else...I tell you, this one went down to his house justified rather than the other; because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 18:9-14, Holman Christian Standard).
One of two choices will be made in this life, choose God's way, which is to put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ who promises to give you His Holy Spirit once you accept the gift of a new life; or two, you remain in death's grip where God will give you His justice and not one bit of His merciful grace. Remaining in your righteousness means you reap the rewards of the flesh and it's supposed "good works" that account for nothing. Then again, choosing that which brings life, Jesus the Messiah, means accepting the promise of being filled with His Holy Spirit and living eternally to praise and glorify God on High! I pray this blesses and encourages you today. In the name of Jesus the Christ, the Messiah. Amen.
Sidebar here: I'm heavily thinking of trying to do a video a day for Believe Better, which I started last night. It will be where I use and explain certain verses that may be a bit hard to understand or explain that I feel I could expand upon better than simply by writing long articles, such as this one. So, tune in to my Youtube Channel. Also, let me know what kind of content you would like to see more of both in videos as well as article wise. Thank you all and God bless!