May 30, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO QUENCH YOUR THIRST (part 2)

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.

So Jesus, having been on a journey, sits down at the well and asks this woman, whom He had never met, for a drink of water. She was surprised because Jews did not have much dealings with Samaritans. So, she responds:

* 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.

Jesus uses this exchange to give her the truth of the Gospel. Let’s dissect the statement that Jesus made:

1) JESUS EXPLAINED SALVATION WAS A GIFT
“If thou knewest the gift of God”. Jesus is not a salesman, Jesus is the Savior. Salvation is a gift. We did not pay for it, and if we could pay for it, we could not afford it. Jesus paid the price, so we can receive the gift. Jesus wanted her to know there was no strings attached. She was not able to earn it, buy it, perform it, or create it. This was a gift straight from God.

2) JESUS EXPLAINED SALVATION WAS A PERSON
Notice, “The gift of God, and who it is”, and “he would have given thee”. Jesus was the salvation that He was speaking of to her. He was saying that salvation is not a tradition, it’s not following the law, it’s not accomplishing a task, and it is not making a sacrifice. Salvation is a personal relationship with Jesus. That is what He was offering to her. Jesus was offering Himself.

3) JESUS EXPLAINED THAT SALVATION WAS EVERLASTING
Jesus says, “living water”. He says in the following verses:

* 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 uses some powerful statements. He said we would “never thirst” again. He said, “everlasting life”. Jesus did not say temporary life. Salvation does not depend on our works because the Bible says that our works are temporary. Jesus offered eternal life. Only Jesus can do that. Only Jesus can give us water that will quench our thirst eternally.