John 4. 7-14
THESE words of Jesus Christ about the “Living Water”, spoken as they were to the sinful Samaritan, are deeper and more lasting than the well of Jacob. This well is unfathomable! This Water is everlasting!
The Nature of It. Our Lord calls it “Living Water” (v. 10). It is living in the sense that it is life giving. That which Christ gives is not something to keep us alive, but something to make us alive. This water of “grace and truth,” which came by Jesus Christ (vv. 1-17), is the water, which saves and satisfies (Eph. 2:8). It is not given merely to refresh, but to regenerate. The elements of eternal light and life are in it.
The Source of It. “Thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee.” He Himself is the disposer of this living water. Unto Him has been “given power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life” (John 17:2). “This is the pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God, and of the Lamb” (Rev. 22:1). The original source of this grace and truth is the gracious heart of the eternal God, and has been manifested to us in the life and sufferings of the Lamb.
The Efficacy of It.
IT QUINCHES THRIST. “Whosoever shall drink of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst” (v.14). They never thirst for the muddy waters of sin that have drank, and keep drinking, of the water that Christ gives. They shall never thirst for any other drink, neither in this life not in the life, which is to come. “They shall not thirst for ever”
IT BECOMES A SPRING WITHIN “The water that I shall give him shall become in him a spring of water” (v. 14). The idea here is that, when anyone drinks this water, or, in other words, receives this grace and truth offered in Christ, there is opened up within that one a fountain of new life and blessedness – a secondary source, within the heart, of perennial joy and satisfaction. Every saved soul is a citadel of God, and although constantly besieged by the sins and sorrows of earth, they have an unfailing source of supply within. This fountain flows on forever, springing up into the ocean of eternal life and praise, in the presence of God and the Lamb.
The Conditions of It. “If thou knewest the gift of God, thou wouldest have asked Him” (v. 10). The conditions are knowing and asking. As soon as we know what the Christ has to give us, this knowledge should surely lead to asking and receiving. How will sinners ask of Him the greatest of all gifts, if they do not know that the gift of God is eternal life? They were blessed who knew the joyful sound of the jubilee trumpet, because they believed and received their liberty through it. If thou knewest the gift of God thou wouldest not frequent those streams which have their source in this sin-poisoned world, and which can never reach down to the thirst of a human spirit. This is eternal life to know Him. Ask and ye shall receive
The Freeness of It. “Whosoever drinketh of this water” (v. 14). “Whosoever will let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 22:17). Christ Himself, as the Fountain of Living Water; is the Gift of God to a world perishing with a thirst that is unquenchable apart from Him. Whosoever is the choice word of the infinite grace of God. It was among the first and the last words used in connection with the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (John 3:15-16; Rev. 22:17). Does your soul thirst for these waters as the hart panteth after the water brooks? Then here is your hope: “Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye” (Isa. 55:1). It was on the last and greatest day of the feast that Jesus stood and cried, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink.”