John 4 – Water Jar
God, may I have an encounter with you as I read your Scripture. Amen
Read John 4
28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.
The Samaritan woman grabbed her water jar and went down to the well. This was not her first trip to the well, so she knew how frustrating it would be to get all the way down to the well without her jar, and have no way of getting water back to her house. If she leaves her jar at the house, there is no way to get the water her family needs to survive back to the house. We have all done that before; leave without the one thing we need to accomplish our goal. So she grabs her water jar and down to the well she goes. At the well, she has an unexpected encounter with Jesus. At the beginning of their conversation, she is offered living water from Jesus which she finds puzzling. How can she get this living water? However, as she continues to talk to Jesus, she comes to understand that he is the Christ and she leaves the well to go into town to tell the people about Jesus. She leaves her water jar.
When the Samaritan leaves the water jar at the well, she signifies that she has accepted Jesus’ offer of living water. The living water Jesus is offering is the spirit, an offer of true life. What the woman had been using to provide life is no longer needed in light of her encounter with the giver of life. What water jars are you carrying around that you think will provide life for you? Jesus is the only way to have true life and he wants to give you living water. Will you leave your water jar and exchange it for living water?
Questions to Think Through
-What water jars are you carrying around? Where are you trying to find true life?
-What practices can you do to remain rooted in Jesus, the giver of living water?
-What did you learn about Jesus’ character in John 4?
God, show me where I have put my hope and where I have looked for life outside of you. Help me to remain you, the living water. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.