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128. Thirst no more

Many of the townspeople avoided her regularly.

Samaritan woman: "They all point their finger at me. As if everything in their life is perfect. Well, I sure hope that I won’t meet anyone when I go to the well to draw water." (sound of walking on a stone path)

At 12:00 o’clock noon the woman took her water jug and left the city. At this time of day, when the sun was the hottest, she hardly ever met anyone on the path. Normally, the townspeople from Sychar went to the well either in the morning or in the evening.

Samaritan woman: "Oh dear, who is sitting there at the well?"

Jesus: "Give me something to drink."

Samaritan woman: "Why are you speaking to me? You are a Jew and I’m a Samaritan woman."

Didn’t the stranger know that the Jews avoided the Samaritans because they married foreigners and worshipped idols? He did know this, though. But He never avoided those who were outcasts. Not He. Jesus is different.

Jesus: "If you knew who I was, then you would ask Me, and I would give you living water."

Samaritan woman: "How will you draw the water? The well is deep."

Jesus: "Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again. But the water that I give quenches your thirst forever."

Our heart’s desires are like being thirsty. Once they’re fulfilled, new desires pop up. And that will go on and on. The heart is never content. The thirst is never quenched. No great experience, no sport awards, no good friend or anything else can quench this thirst. This thirst in life can only be quenched by Him who sat at the well. The woman sensed this.

Samaritan woman: "Give me this water, and I’ll never have to come to the well again.”

Jesus: "Go get your husband."

Samaritan woman: "I’m not married."

Jesus: "I know. You’ve had five husbands. And the man you’re living with now is not your husband."

Jesus knew everything about her. And He still did not avoid her.

Samaritan woman: "God sent You. I know that the Savior will come."

Jesus: "I am He."

Jesus forgave her her sins and gave her a new, contented life. Overjoyed, the woman left her water jug and ran back to the city.

She invited everyone to come to Jesus.

And I invite you. Come to Jesus. Then you’ll say what the people from Sychar said:

Child: "Now I believe in Jesus. But not because you said it; rather because I have come to know Him myself. He is truly the Savior of the world."

People: Narrator, Samaritan woman, Jesus, child

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