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Eternal Satisfaction

After graduating from college, Shellie and I were married, I started my teaching career, and we moved into a one-bedroom apartment. We were on our own, with respectable work, a home, and cars to get around. We found some fulfillment in our work, but were yearning for something more. We knew Jesus promised an abundant life and we were convinced we had yet to experience “life to the full.”

In John chapter 4, Jesus meets a woman at a well and introduces her to life eternally.

To experience an eternally satisfying life, a person must encounter Christ.”

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John 4:4-8

He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

Obeying God

From a practical standpoint, Jesus did not have to pass through Samaria. Most Jews avoided travel through Samaria, but it seems Jesus had to travel this way in obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leadership.

Upon meeting the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus makes a request in order to get connected with her. He establishes common ground, a need for water, to begin sharing the gospel with her.

John 4:9

The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

In need of water

The woman at the well recognized the vast difference between herself and Jesus, but He established a simple commonality – thirst. Jesus and the woman shared common human aspirations and needs.

John 4:10

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

Living water

Jesus quickly transitioned to spiritual matters, referring to the new life He gives, a life connected with the activity of the Spirit. He used the analogy of living water to raise interest and left the woman wanting to know more.

John 4:11-12

“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

Greater than Jacob?

By all appearances, it seems the woman thinks there is nothing extraordinary about Jesus as He engages her in spiritual conversation.

John 4:13-14

Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

Abundant life

The living water that Jesus gives will bring permanent satisfaction. A vigorous stream bursting forth into an abundant, everlasting life in the Spirit that motivates believers into action.

Life bringing forth more life.”

The challenge

Seek the abundant life only Jesus can bring. Everything else only temporarily satisfies, but Jesus brings permanent satisfaction.

How have you experienced an abundant life in Jesus? Share your comments below.