JESUS IS OUR RIVER THAT WILL NEVER RUN DRY

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Jimmy Swaggart wrote a hymn based on the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Its chorus has these words,

“There is a river, and it flows from deep within
There is a fountain, that frees the soul from sin
Come to this water; there is a vast supply
There is a river, that never shall run dry.”

Indeed, when the Samaritan woman met Jesus at the well, she received insight, she received refreshment, she also received freedom from sin. Let us see what happened.

“Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.” John 4:4-6 [NIV]

Two things immediately strike us about this episode. Firstly, it opens with Jesus needing to go through Samaria. Now, at the time, Jews and Samaritans were not the best of friends. In fact, the Samaritan woman later said,

“You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) John 4:9 [NIV]

So why did Jesus need to go through Samaria? Because He needed to minister to her. What a wonderful revelation. No matter where you are, Jesus wants to and will seek you out and reach out to you, for He loves you and it is not His desire to see you lost.

Now, the second thing that is striking is that this episode happened at noon. Now no matter where in the world you are, noon is the hottest time of the day. And honestly, no person would do rough chores, like fetching water, at noon. So even if you are, like perhaps the Samaritan woman was, trying to avoid everyone else, especially Him, He will come to you, any time. There is nothing that He will not do for you.

Furthermore, it is recorded for us that Jesus was tired from the journey. But such love does Jesus have for us that despite being tired in the natural, He still wanted to and did minister to the woman. In fact, He was reinvigorated by it, for He says later to His disciples,

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34 [NIV]

Now, if Jesus, limited in the natural, could minister and feel invigorated by ministering, what more now that He is risen and seated at the right hand of our Father? What more will He do for you! For He himself says,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

So what did He do for the woman? Let us see.

“The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” John 4:25-26 [NIV]

He showed her who He was.

Beloved, often when we study this passage, we focus on Jesus being the source of living water, and we focus on her having had 5 husbands. But Jesus wants you to focus on the fact that once she saw who He really was, and saw the love that He has for her, that even though she had 5 husbands and was, at the time, still living in adultery, He was still offering her the gift of living water which she herself knows she did not deserve; she was no longer conscious of her sins, but conscious of the forgiveness and complete lack of condemnation that He had for her which led her to do the following,

“The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”” John 4:28-29

Who did she go and call out to? The men! The NIV translates it as ‘the people’ but the NKJV translates it as ‘the men’ and there must be a reason why the Spirit allowed for these two translations. Men talk. They like to do a little show and tell sometimes. And especially in regards to a woman who was living in adultery, certainly there must have been stories spinning within their circles. So why would anyone in their right mind go to the people most likely to gossip about her and tell them about someone finding out the very thing they already knew?

But notice the result. Not only did they not ridicule her, sneer or mock her, they followed.

“Then they went out of the city and came to Him.” John 4:30

What miraculous grace and favor which brought about such great transformation!

Beloved, anyone who is internet savvy can tell you all things that you ever did. But only Jesus can do so and not make you feel guilty about it, even as He corrects you and guides you back onto His path. For indeed He gave the apostle Paul this revelation,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

My friend, are you weary from carrying around with you the guilt of your sins? Jesus wants you to know that you do not have to anymore. Come to the fountain, come to Jesus. His flow of love, forgiveness, favor and blessings will never run dry.

And if by chance you have yet to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, and would now like to come to this fountain and be refreshed, then say this prayer with me.

“Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me, that at this time, you would reach out to even me. Father, I thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross for me. That by the death of Your only begotten Son, You have made a way for me straight to You. Thank You Jesus that by the shedding of Your blood, You have given me full remission of sins, so that though I know I have sinned, they do not weigh heavy on my conscience any longer because You bore them on the cross, You were punished on my behalf and now I am risen in You, seated at our Father’s right hand. Thank You for this fountain of everlasting love for me. I come and drink from it now. In Jesus' name, Amen.”

Beloved child of God, Jesus has set you free. Come to this water, there is a vast supply. Jesus is the river that never will run dry.

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