John 4 (ESV)

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 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.) 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” . . . Continue Reading

Have you ever been so thirsty that you felt like you were dying for a drink of water? The Samaritan woman knew that kind of thirst. Jesus, recognizing her need tells her that her thirst can be quenched completely and forever! She responds that she wants this water and asks Jesus how she can get it. The conversation takes a turn as Jesus shows her that He knows her and her need is indeed great for this living water.

Later in John 4:46-54, it’s amazing that Jesus’ words healed the Capernaum official’s son who wasn’t even in Jesus presence when he was healed! Not only that, the son was far enough away that when the official returned to him and asked his servants when his son began to get better, they replied, “Yesterday at the seventh hour!” That was the very hour Jesus said, “Your son will live.”

This story would be amazing if it ended there but it gets even better. The official believed as did all his household that Jesus was the Christ.

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