There was a woman who happened to be at a well near Sychar in Samaria when Jesus stopped there to rest. She was known to the townspeople, probably not in the best light. She was living with a man and had been married four times before. Jesus spoke to her, ”Give me a drink.” She was surprised because conversations between Jews and Samaritans were not typical. However, she felt no rejection.
If ever I hear about Jesus by those who have seen Him in a vision or heavenly visitation, the thing they often say is how much compassion and love is expressed in His eyes. I am sure the woman at the well could vouch for that because her conversation was friendly and comfortable, yet inquisitive. She asked Jesus about His willingness to speak with her. Jesus was not interested in the social conflicts of the day, He went directly to the desire of His heart. “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asked you for a drink from this well, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” Perplexed, she tried to rationalize what He was talking about – trying to relate the physical water in her water pot to what this man was saying.
She asked some questions about spiritual matters showing her heart sought truth. Jesus made her an amazing offer. “Whosoever drinks of this (physical) water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I give shall be a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
This was a lot for her to comprehend but yet she pressed in for more. She said to Him, “I know that the Messiah is coming, who is called Christ. When He comes, He will tell us all things.” With this, Jesus revealed to her something so profound and magnificently beautiful it captivates the mind. Jesus looked into her face with divine compassion, “I am He of whom you speak.” In other words, He revealed to her He was the awaited Messiah, the Christ. She came face to face with the source of the water of life that He spoke of. His disciples had not fully comprehended it and certainly religious leaders were even opposed to him, but this woman with a heart to know truth came into revelation of a mystery held by the ages.
She left her water pot and hurried to town to spread the news. No inhibitions, just the power of testimony about a spiritual drink of water.
Jesus did nothing without purpose. He was there by divine appointment to answer the questions and meet the cry of her heart. We can tell it was a fervent desire because there was a ready heart to believe. She came face to face, as Jesus described Himself, to the well of water springing up into everlasting life.
The well, the spring, the fountain (all translations of the Greek word para) are descriptions of the Person whose face looks at you with eyes of love, tenderness and compassion. He desires to give you what He is and what He has. He desires to give you water within that is life to your spirit and refreshing to your soul. Any part of you that needs cleansing and healing is washed in His Blood and you are bathed in His waters as your emotions, mind and understanding are filled with life.
You have a promise. Jesus said those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. He is awaiting the invitation to fill you with Himself. He counseled the woman at the well, “Ask of me and I will give you water that rises up to everlasting lift.” It is there for the asking. Open your heart, hands and mouth and drink deeply from the Fountain of the water of life.
“Lord Jesus Christ, I ask you to come into my heart to be my Lord and Savior. I ask you to wash me by your Blood from all iniquity and sin and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I ask You to be bring the water of life into my being and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I ask you to reveal to me who You are like you did to the woman at the well. I want to learn of You, I want to understand things about the Kingdom of God and about my life concerning spiritual things. I hunger and thirst for righteousness. I need you Lord and I trust You to take me from where I am right now and bring me to the abundance of Your grace and truth. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”