Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
They were both thirsty, Jesus and this woman He meets. He had sat down weary on the well, tired from a long journey, needing a drink to refresh and revive Him. And this woman comes spiritually thirsty, weary from her journey through life, through the ups and downs, the toils and struggles. She needed something more than what she’d had so far to meet that need and that longing deep inside her, to fill and refresh and restore her soul.
And when Jesus offers her living water, she couldn’t resist. We all know what it is to be thirsty, to be so unsatisfied by everything in our lives and longing for something that can make that feeling go away. We try all kinds of substitutes, but nothing compares to that pure, life-giving water that can be found in Christ alone. We long for that almost instinctively, even if we can’t articulate it. We know we need something beyond ourselves. We need a cure for sinfulness. We need a love that doesn’t let us down and a presence that never leaves. We need a connection to our Creator and our God.
This woman was so thirsty, and she was tired of being thirsty. And this woman, who may have been written off by everyone else, was the one Jesus sought at the well that day. And in our lives, we may feel the same—cast aside, unwanted, unloved, dismissed by a hurtful world. But Jesus comes seeking us, too, and He makes that same offer to us so we don’t have to return day after day with our water pot to the well of the world, but we can have eternal life, the eternal refreshing of His Spirit, and the eternal love of our Lord and Savior.
Jesus knew what it was to be thirsty. That was even one of the things He said on the cross. He knows the kinds of painful things that we experience in our lives. And He has the cure. If we’re looking for something else to fill us up, it will never be enough. But when God gives something, it is always enough and then overflowing on top of that. When the woman understood that such a thing was available, all she did was ask for it, and we can do the same. If we don’t want to be thirsty anymore, let’s ask Jesus for His living water that will always satisfy.