“Give me a drink… I’m thirsty!” Can mean a lot of different things. I can come from extreme exertion. The statement can be the result of lack of hydration – a long, extended lack of water. But it also may simply be an expression of desire… “I’d like to have something refreshing to drink – a tall, cold drink of water.”
Jesus used an encounter with a woman at a well in Samaria, near Sychar, to teach a profound lesson and wonderful spiritual truth! He asked her for a drink, and then said these words to her…
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will have them will never be thirsty again! The water that I will give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life!” (John 4:13-14)
Now the conversation Jesus was having with this woman started with H20 (physical water)… but it didn’t end there. It’s clear Jesus was talking about a different kind of water – that which meets our deepest needs – that which ultimately satisfies! He claims to have that “water”! He claims to be the source of that “water”! And what’s more is, He seems to say that a drink of the “water” He gives will become an inner well that will “spring up” within resulting in ongoing satisfaction and ultimately end in eternal life!
Wow! Wow! Wow! I want that kind of water! I crave that kind of water! I’ve had a sip of that kind of water… No, that’s not accurate… I’ve had the opportunity to take long, great gulps of that water! Oh how satisfying getting to know Jesus personally has been… the “Living Water”! He has satisfied my deepest needs! The more of Him I’ve experienced… the more I want! The more I need! The more He satisfies! He not only satisfies and meets my deepest needs today… He will meet them tomorrow… and ultimately, eternal life in His presence! His presence within has become a “well of water springing up to eternal life!”
So it really doesn’t matter whether your thirst is from extreme exertion, ongoing deprivation, or just deep longing… Jesus can satisfy it! And I can tell you from personal experience over many years… He does!!