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November 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

The Thirst Quencher


                                                            The Thirst Quencher                                                                                                           

John 4:1-10  NAS  When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John  2 (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were),  3 He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.  4 And He had to pass through Samaria.  5 So He came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph;  6 and Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.  7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink."  8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.  9 The Samaritan woman therefore said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)  10 Jesus answered and said to her, "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."

The Mission: Jesus came to seek & save the lost.  In doing so, Jesus uses the location and action of the Samaritan woman who is dipping waters to satisfy her natural thirst to teach and offer her what she needs to satisfy her spiritual thirst.

The Purpose: Jesus teaches truth so that people can be set people free.                                                    

He contrasts the natural water in the well to the flow of spiritual living waters which He refers to as being the Holy Spirit. This living water is the Gift of God, the Holy Spirit that was poured out upon the believers in the upper room after Jesus’ ascension back to the Father. 

The Introspection: Jesus caused her to address her own human thirst.  Everyone has this thirst. We like this woman, we can go from one thing to another, or as is seen in the Samaritan woman at the well, she went from one relationship to another trying to quench her thirst.

The Diagnoses: Jesus diagnosed her issue. Her having the 5 husbands and living with one out of wedlock was not the real issue,  it was only the symptoms of the GREATER ISSUE/reaI issue. The real issue was, she was thirsty and had not found the “thirst-quencher.”  God is the ultimate healer, doesn’t simply TREAT THE SYMPTOMS! He gets to the REAL ISSUE! The issue of the heart thirst.

The Fact:  If we want to get spiritually healthy, we must allow the Master/Teacher and CREATOR to diagnose our issues.  Her issue was originated from her thirst, her thirst originated from the need we all have for a personal relationship with our CREATOR!  

“God has put a GOD/SHAPED vacuum in each of us and we will not be satisfied until we have Him sitting in the right position, which is the throne of our mind, will and emotion. That means receiving God as the Lord and Savior of our life.

The Dilemma: She, like so many of us today did not properly know how to quench her thirst/felt need. She went from one person to another (5 husbands and the one she was with was not her husband), she still had not found the answer she was seeking.

Like many today, she was saying to herself, “if only.” She had tried five “if only’s” and was in the process of trying another “if only” but they were not the answer either.

The Revelation: Jesus showed her, her diagnoses. Jesus did not diagnose her as a bad woman, rather he said, she was a thirsty woman. She was trying to meet a “felt need” and was continually coming up empty and unsatisfied.

The Understanding Jesus: Jesus knew the longing in her heart! It was her dissatisfaction, her thirst that drove her to look for more, in doing so; she entered into wreck-less living.  Only spiritual intimacy with God in a right relationship can quench the real thirst within each of us.

The Substitute: In trying to quench the thirst, sometime people even substitute religion for relationship. That’s what the Pharisees did. Jesus told them in John 5:39-40  "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me;  40 and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life.”

The Misinterpretation: Your situation is NOT your issue. You may fix your situation but if your TRUE THRIST IS NOT QUENCHED, you will have yet another situation…  A messed up “SITUATION” originates from your inner thirst?  Have you tried to satisfy your spiritual thirst with a non-spiritual, non-scriptural answer?                                                                

Many people go through life thinking, “if only I had a bigger house, a better job, a different wife/husband, a place to get away, a drink, a drug, a (you can name the substitutes).  Most of us have tried many things; even some good things trying to quench our thirst but in doing so it’s only a poor substitute in the place of the LIVING WATER/God Himself.  

Even “Christians” are not exempt from trying to substitute “pleasures and things” to satisfy spiritual needs and cravings. When Christians are lacking in fellowship with Christ and the Holy Spirit, we are more vulnerable to be drawn/lured away with the cravings of our flesh. That’s why Jesus said, "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." Religion will not QUENCH YOUR THIRST! The relationship of ABIDING IN FELLOWSHIP with him will quench your thirst! Come to Jesus!

The Truth: ONLY JESUS CAN SATISIFY YOUR SOUL. All other satisfactions are temporary in nature and endurance. 

The woman at the well found herself in a messed up situation and even though she had tried to fill that thirst and had drank from the NATURAL WELL of physical and even some emotional pleasure, she always found herself wanting more, waiting and longing for more.         

She was kept waiting the day when the “MESSIAH” would come. John 4:25-26 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us."  26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." Her source of “thirst-quenching” always seemed to be sometime “in the future.”

The Confrontation: Procrastination…So sad, too many of us are willing to “reel and rock” in a sad state of being when what we need is God who waiting to receive and relieve us!

We live in hope of someday receiving the “THRIST-QUENCHER.”  What if your “someday” is today and you miss it?

The Messiah is the only true “THRIST-QUENCHER.”  He stood, yet she kept pushing and procrastinating to “ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TIME.  Finically, Jesus said to her…John 4:26  Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."

What else does Jesus have to do for you to finally accept him as the LORD and MASTER of your life?

Humanity's greatest thirst is for right relationship with God. Too many are like the woman who was thinking only of physical thirst. Too often we try to satisfy a spiritual thirst in a physical way; that never works!

The Invitation: John 7:37-39  Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'"  39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Yes God created this "hole" that cannot be filled by any other: in short, that "God-shaped hole" was created by God for us to look for him.  Are you thirsty? THE THIRST-QUENCHER IS HERE!

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, would you pray this prayer with me?

“Father God, I have sinned and broken your Laws. I recognize that I cannot save myself or make myself worthy of you; therefore I come to asking forgiveness and reconciliation to you and your Son Jesus Christ. I believe He died in my place and made payment for my sins. I give myself wholeheartedly to you and I pledge myself to learn and grow in you. Thank you for receiving me as your child and writing my name in your book. I believe I have eternal life through you. Amen”

He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:11-12  

 


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