Lessons at the well

 Jesus and the woman at the well had a very important conversation concerning ‘The Kingdom of Heaven.’

Unfortunately, not everyone hears and sees the key teachings in this interaction.


Lets read, from John chapter 4, this conversation verses 4 - 26. I am only going to point out 5 key points to keep it short, some being the most overlooked but important teachings. 


 ‘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. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 


 The Samaritan woman said to him, “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. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 


 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”


 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”  “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 


 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”  “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 


 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 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.”


 Some questions that need to be answered are:

  1. Just what is this living water Jesus speaks of?

  2. Where can you get this living water?

  3. What does Jesus mean by “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again” vs “the water I give them will [quench their] thirst”?

  4. How can the water Jesus gives become ‘a spring of water welling up to eternal life?’

  5. Who are true worshippers? 


Short answers:

  1. His Holy Spirit

  2. By coming to Christ and being born again of Spirit

  3. Like today, people flock to their places of worship for spiritual nourishment, but it doesn’t last. They must return often or they will wither and waiver in their faith, but those truly born again will not. Those truly born again have God’s Spirit within like a spring of water welling up. Someone truly born again of Spirit needs nothing or no one else for spiritual nourishment. God’s Spirit lives within them and gives them all they need. 

  4. The water Jesus gives is the Holy Spirit and it is the Holy Spirit that brings and gives eternal life. As Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Unless you are born again of spirit you have no life within you.” 

  5. The true worshippers are those who have this living water welling up to eternal life! True worshippers are those that have been born again of spirit. True worshippers no longer live for themselves but rather they live for God. They proclaim the good news of Christ and do his works! The Father seeks worshippers like this! 


 I pray this helps you in your quest for truth. Eternal life awaits those who truly hunger and thirst for righteousness. God is righteousness! If you truly seek God, you will find him. The only question is, will you accept him? Will you come to the light? 


With love and the good news of Christ, I desire nothing more than God’s will on earth as it is in Heaven.
Joseph R. Stansel