Jesus was traveling from Judea to Galilee. On His way, He passed through Samaria. Although this was the fastest route, it was not the only route. Most Jews would take a longer route just to avoid the Samaritans whom they hated. Instead, Jesus chose specifically to travel through Samaria. Why? As Jesus became weary from his journey, He came to a well. Here at Jacob’s well, Jesus encountered a Samaritan woman whose life would be forever changed.
A Samaritan woman went to the well for a necessity, something she couldn’t live without—water. As she approached, Jesus was there, and He asked her for a drink of water. Her response was filled with surprise as she questioned why Jesus would break social norms by talking with her. During this time period, it was culturally unacceptable for Jews and Samaritans to have a conversation in public, as it was for men and woman. Jesus told her that if she knew who He was, she would be asking Him for water, because He alone provided living water.
The woman was confused by Jesus’ statement because it seemed physically impossible—well water was still, not “living” or flowing. Jesus told her: “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13–14).
How wonderful! Water that will forever satisfy. A spring of water leading to eternal life. The woman said essentially, Yes, this is the water I want, living water—Jesus the One who forever quenches our thirst, satisfies our souls, and leads us into eternal life.
As the story continues, it becomes obvious this woman had been seeking fulfillment, satisfaction, significance, worth, and value in the ways of the world. She was still thirsty. The ways of the world may have quenched her thirst for a moment, but in the end, she was still longing for living water that would never run dry. As she encountered Jesus this day, she finally came face-to-face with the One who could give her value, worth, satisfaction, fulfillment, joy, and eternal life. He was the One who could forever and always meet her greatest desires and needs. Jesus, the living water.