Sunday Sermon: ‘Living Water – Only Jesus Can Satisfy Your Soul’

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John 4:5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to by meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

I. The Thirst of the Soul

Verse 4 says that Jesus needed to go to Samaria. Though the average Jew of His day would go out of their way to avoid Samaria, Jesus felt a need, a calling, a thirst to go to Samaria. What was it that drew Jesus to Samaria?

A. Christ’s Thirst

In His humanity, Jesus got tired and thirsty. A long day was just as hard upon Him as it is upon us. And so the Bible says that being wearied from His journey, Jesus asked the woman for a drink. Strangely enough, there is no indication that Jesus ever got that drink. Christ’s spiritual thirst took precedence over His physical thirst. Jesus was there, not just to receive water, but to give water. Jesus had Living Water for this woman that would finally satisfy her soul.

B. The Woman’s Thirst

What was the woman’s thirst? Obviously she needed water from the well. She came there each day.But she had a deeper need. During her life she had gone from relationship to relationship to relationship, searching for love and acceptance. She had been married five times and all five marriages had failed. Finally she had given up on the thought of marriage and started living with a man. Her life story reveals that she was thirsty, not just for physical water, but for something that could satisfy her soul. What she was about to discover was that only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

C. The World’s Thirst

Today we see a world searching for satisfaction. Some are trying to find satisfaction through drugs, alcohol or sexual immorality. Some are trying to find satisfaction through power or possessions. Others believe that if we just let everyone live as they please, then everyone will be happy.

Yet at as the song says, only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

The world may try to satisfy
That longing in your soul.
You may search the wide world over
But you’ll be just as before.
You’ll never find true satisfaction
Until you’ve found the Lord,
For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
(Lanny Wolfe)

II. Only Jesus Can Satisfy Your Soul

Only Jesus can satisfy your soul. Only a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus, can bring satisfaction to that thirst deep within each of us. Centuries ago, a man named Augustine tried to find satisfaction through the pleasures of this world. Augustine lived a very sinful life, especially in the area of sexual morality. But though Augustine drank from the wells of this world, he couldn’t find satisfaction. Finally he found the Lord and later he wrote – “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”

As we continue in the story we read -

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Who is Jesus?

A.   Is He Just Another Man?

Is Jesus just a man as some suppose? The woman thought at first that He was nothing more than another Samaritan hating Jew. Yet she was about to discover something much more wonderful.

John 4:11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

Jacob, who first dug the well, was just a man; and not always a good man at that. Yet both the Jews and the Samaritans saw Jacob as one of their fathers. The woman asked Jesus, “Are you someone like Jacob? You speak of living water. Are you, a man, able to give me something that is even greater than another man gave us?”

John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Jesus is more than just another man and He is able to give us more than just physical water.

B.   Is He Just Another Religious Leader?

Christ’s words were beginning to intrigue the woman. They were beginning to penetrate her hard shell.

John 4:15 The woman saith unto him, Sir – give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

The first time she addressed Him, she called Him – ‘a Jew’. Now she is calling Him – ‘Sir.’ Actually the word she used says something much deeper. It’s the word most translated as – ‘Master’, or ‘Lord.’ Though she still doesn’t understand who Jesus is, she realizes that He is more than just a man. Could He be a prophet or some great religious leader?

John 4:16  Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

One wonders what her first reaction was when Jesus began pilling back the layers of her life. Perhaps at first there was a bit of resentment. Perhaps she wanted to run away. But then she began to realize that Jesus wasn’t doing this to hurt her, but to help her.

John 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Some say that her question was a way of diverting the attention off of herself and onto something else. Yet maybe it was an indication that for some time she had been searching for the truth and couldn’t find it.

John 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Perhaps this woman had seen a lot of empty religious activity and she was wondered if God was real. Apparently the Lord could see something deep in her heart for He told her that true worship doesn’t occur in a building. True worship happens in the heart. True worship isn’t what men see on the outside. True worship is what God sees in the heart. God is a Spiritual Being and therefore in order to know and experience Him, we must be spiritual beings as well. Our worship must be real and it must come from the deepest part of us.

Jesus said something else that is extremely important. God desires such worship. The words Jesus used indicates that God searches with great desire to find people who will worship Him in such a way. One of my favorite portions of scripture is 2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.  

God longs for people who long for Him.

C. God’s Answer for Man’s Need

What is it that we need? I don’t know what you need, but I can tell you what I need. I need someone who will love me in spite of who I am. I need someone who won’t walk out on me. I need someone who will confront me when I am wrong, but even more importantly – help me to get right. I need someone who will comfort me when I am down. I need someone who understands me. I need someone with whom I can share the deepest parts of my life. I need Jesus.

How do I know that Jesus is what I need? Jesus is more than just another man or a religious leader. He is the Christ.

John 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh , which is called Christ: when he is come , he will tell us all things.

She knew of the promise that one day, a Messiah would come who would be able to guide God’s people.

John 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

When Jesus asked His disciples – “Who do men say that I am?” They replied that some said that He was John the Baptist, raised from the dead. Others were saying that He was Elijah or Jeremiah or one of the prophets. Then Jesus asked them – “But who do you say that I am.”

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Often we just say ‘Christ’, but the more proper thing to say would be – ‘the Christ.’ ‘Christ’ is not just another name given to Jesus. ‘Christ’ is the Greek version of the Hebrew word ‘Messiah.’ Both ‘Christ’ and ‘Messiah’ are special titles given to God’s Son indicating that He is “the chosen One”, or “the anointed One.” For what was the Christ chosen? We read from the book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Jesus is the Son of God who came to this world to do God’s will. He is ‘the Christ’, the chosen One, sent to this earth to do His Father’s will. What was His Father’s will? For what purpose did the Father send the Son to this earth? We note from the passage of scripture that we just read that this will included the need for a human body. Two thousand years ago, the Son of God entered the womb of a virgin named Mary and was born as an infant. This infant boy grew up to be a man and one day, as a man, He died on a cross. God the Son became a Son of man, so that as a man, He might die for the sins of mankind. Jesus is God’s Christ, chosen to be the Savior of the world.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The Living Water that Jesus offered to this woman meant complete forgiveness of all her sins. It also meant a renewed relationship with the God who made her. It was a fresh start. It was a new life. It was something that would finally satisfy her soul.

III. How Can We Receive This Living Water?

The Living Water that Christ offers is not for just a select few. Jesus said that it was for ‘whosoever that would believe in Him.’ It’s for me and it’s for you. How can we receive this Living Water?

A. Admit our need

The first step in receiving this water is admitting our need. The Samaritan woman could have blown Jesus off and gone right back into her sinful living. But she didn’t. She sensed that here was the answer she had been searching for. She realized that nothing in this world would ever completely satisfy her. Only Jesus could satisfy her soul.

B. Believe that Christ can meet that need 

The Bible says that she ran back into the city and told the men – ‘Come see a man who told me all the things I ever did. Is not this the Christ.’ If Jesus had exposed her sin solely for the purpose of condemning her, she would have never believed. But in His revelation, she sensed a sincere love. Jesus was exposing her to condemn her. Jesus was exposing her to heal hear.

C. Come to Christ and Drink of His Living Water

As we will see next week, she believed and so did many in that city. The Living Water came to thirsty Samaria and many found everlasting satisfaction. They drank from the well of God’s forgiveness.

Have you? If not, you can this very day. Pray this simple prayer with me –

“Dear Jesus, I know that I have sinned. I have done many things that are wrong and that do not please you. I know that You don’t love my sin, but that You love me. Forgive me of my sin. Cleanse me. Heal me. Fill me with Your living water. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior.  Amen”

If you prayed that prayer and meant it, you are now a child of God. You have drank from a well of water that can satisfy your soul. If you need additional help, please contact me at: pastorterry@twinoaksbapt.org