The fact is that we can’t live without water. Strange but true. You can live without coffee and (insert your favorite drink here) _____, but you cannot live without water.
This may sound weird, but I’m willing to bet that New Year’s left you thirsty. Wanting something new…maybe wanting something more than your life has now. Maybe the holidays left you exhausted. Maybe 2010 left you banged up or even depressed. Maybe the New Year’s Party and your resolutions left you feeling empty. Maybe 2010 had more that you want to forget than what you want to remember.
“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.'” John 4:13-14
That thirsty feeling, that empty feeling in you has been there since birth. It’s a “God-shaped hole”. An emptiness that only comes with living your life without a personal relationship with God. Most likely it has been getting stronger with every curve ball life throws your way. Only Jesus offers the kind of refreshment that really satisfies.
You see the “living water” Jesus offers us is a taste of the good life – your junk, your sin forgiven.
In this story, Jesus asks the woman, he’s talking to, about her husband. She replies that she’s not married. He says, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!” John 4:17-18 You see Jesus knows our junk. Most of us avoid Jesus, the Bible, and church to hide our junk.
“The woman said, ‘I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.’ Then Jesus told her, ‘I AM the Messiah!'” John 4:25-26 By this Jesus was telling her that not only did He know about her past, but that He would also forgive and redeem the past. This meant giving her the peace, on the inside, she had been looking for in her past five marriages.
She knew that a Savior, a Messiah, had been promised. A Mediator, who would take away the junk in our lives, heal us, and bring real life…promised hundreds of years before. (Please see the “Help is on the Way” previous blog post for more info.)
Jesus offers us a free gift. He offers us forgiveness for the junk in our past. He offers us the good life – peace for the things you can’t understand. He offers us real hope for the future.
Who told you that Jesus can’t heal divorce? Who told you that Jesus can’t redeem the guy you’re living with? Who told you that Jesus can’t offer you a real, good life where you are never thirsty again?!?
Jesus offers the kind of peace, on the inside of your life, that means you’ll never be thirsty again.
There’s hope for you! Jesus offers a fresh start!