Jesus said "I AM..." - THE MESSIAH - JOHN 4:26
In his autobiography 'Is That It?', Bob Geldorf highlights a spiritual emptiness which many people experience today. The Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well (see John ch4) was also looking for satisfaction. Her empty water jar symbolises this search for spiritual reality. The conversation with Jesus not only changes her life, but reveals him as the true Messiah.
A MATTER OF CURIOSITY
Jesus is tired and thirsty, and so he asks the woman for a drink (7). This alerts her curiosity: for Samaritans did not talk with Jews, and convention prevented men and women talking together in public. Jesus treats everybody with the same respect and concern.
• Who are the people we find difficult?
A SENSE OF NEED
Jesus gets straight to the heart of the woman's need by offering her 'living water' (10). Unlike many people today, she readily owns up to inner thirst (15). Her problems with men (17) indicate how she has been trying to enjoy God's gifts without acknowledging the Giver.
• In what ways do we live without reference to God?
A RESPONSE OF HEART
Everything changes when she realises who Jesus is. He is not simply a good teacher; he is God himself. He is able to tell her everything she ever did (39), and offer 'a spring of water welling up to eternal life' (14). The empty water jar left behind is a sign that she finally found what she was looking for.
• Do we find ourselves spiritually 'running on empty'? What can we do about this?
'Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in God.'