Jesus sat down by a well to rest while His disciples went to find food. A
Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus asked her for a drink. She turned to Him in surprise, for Jews did not usually speak to Samaritans. "You are a Jew," she said. "And I am a Samaritan. Why ask me for water?"
Jesus smiled. "If you knew what God is able to give, or who it is that asks you
for a drink, you would have asked Me to give you living water!"
"Sir," she said, "You have no jug, and our well is deep. How can You give me this living water?"
"All who drink this water will thirst again," said Jesus. "Whoever drinks My water won't thirst. My water flows like a fountain, giving eternal life!"
"Please," begged the woman. "Give me Your water! I won't need to come here anymore." First Jesus talked about her life. He knew all about her.
"You're a prophet," she said. "But we Samaritans worship God differently."
"Soon all who worship God will worship Him with their whole heart," said Jesus.
"The Messiah will come and show us," she
"I am He," said Jesus.
A Spring of Living Water
On the last day of the Festival of Shelters, priests poured out water ina ceremony to remind everyone how God gave their ancestors water from the rock in the desert. Now Jesus say that whoever has faith in him will also have a spring of living water. This spring of living water is Jesus' way of saying that
the Holy Spirit would soon be living and working with those who know Jesus.
The Holy Spirit keeps us in touch with God and his Son. That same Spirit now gives us the ability to share our faith in Jesus with others. Jesus said that the water flows from each of us when we first take drink from him. When we help one another, and when we remind each other about Jesus, God's Spirit is flowing between us.