John 4 – Do You Want the Living Water?

Just after promising that anyone who believes will receive eternal life, Jesus goes to a region considered beyond redemption by the most religious Jews. He goes into Samaria and Jesus stops at a well.

While the disciples are getting some food, he has a conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well and offers her “the living water.” Through word-of-mouth, many Samaritans believe!

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Just after promising that anyone who believes will receive eternal life, Jesus goes to a region considered beyond redemption by the most religious Jews. He goes into Samaria. Samaritans are considered heretics. There is an ethnic tension as they are a combination of Jewish and Gentile ancestry. Even still Jesus stops at a well. While the disciples are getting some food, he has a conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.

He offers her living water that if she drank of it she would never thirst again.

She’s intrigued so Jesus asks her to bring her husband knowing she’s had several husbands. As a result, she now knows he’s a prophet.

They then get into a conversation about worship. She wonders if worship should take place at the Samaritan Temple on Mount Gerizim or the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Jesus responds with neither. He says:

“true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (‭‭John‬ ‭4‬:‭23‬-‭24‬ ‭NIV‬‬) 

[Bonus Resource: Race To Jesus: The Time is Now to Walk as One by Dr. Clarence Hill, Jr.]

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