When I was a kid growing up in the fifties this was a pump at one of the neighbors where you could get a drink. We’d be running around outside playing ball. The humidity is usually high in western Pennsylvania in the summer time. Sweat would be dripping. But the water that came out of this well was nice and cool. One kid would pump and the others would cup their hands to get a nice refreshing drink. You could feel it restoring life to your body.
Jesus offers Living Water
One day Jesus needed to go through Samaria. This was unusual because the Jews had no love for the Samaritans. There He met a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. He asked her for a drink. She was perplexed. “How is it that you ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman? (John 4:9). He responded, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink’, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10).
Curiously she asked, “Where then do you get that living water?” Jesus explained, “Whoever drinks this water will thirst again. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water, springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).
Jesus Water is Everlasting Life
I drank from that old pump and was thirsty again. But I took one drink from Jesus fifty-seven years ago and never needed another spiritual drink. Jesus gave me and gives to anyone the gift of everlasting life the moment you drink His water. Living water symbolizes everlasting life by belief in Him. Many of the Samaritans, despised by the Jews, drank His water that day; “Now we believe… for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).
If you have taken that one spiritual drink, you can know you have everlasting life. You don’t have to wait to the end to know for sure. Like the Samaritans we have the words of Jesus, “Truly, truly I say to you, He who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47). You receive living water (everlasting life) the moment trust in Him. It’s as simple as taking one drink of water.
I invite you to follow me as I continue to explore God’s amazing grace and assurance of heaven for anyone who has believed the gospel.