Another Woman’s Husband

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“Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

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 woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”

The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.” John 4:1-30

Know what Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well from whom He asked water as He was tired from His journey but most importantly wanted to interact with her because of what He would do with her and what ultimately He would do through her? That He knew how many husbands she had had, and that He knew the man she currently was with was not her husband. He offered her living water – the water of the Holy Spirit, the water that never comes to an end, the ever flow of God’s everlasting love and His Spirit who lives inside His followers and will fill them, fill them, fill them ever more. Her water from the well she had come to get for herself and that Jesus requested to drink, that water would come to an end. Would quench and satisfy only for a brief time. Temporal water. Temporary. Ultimately not fulfilling. Just plain old water. She had gone from man to man to man and more men to look for satisfaction. Then on to the next man. The men never fulfilled. She needed Jesus. She needed the Spirit of Christ. She needed the water from the well that never runs dry.

Long ago, I was with man after man after man. Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty, running from well to well to earthly worldly well to quench my thirst, only to find it never worked. I was never satisfied. For one season of my life, I was with another woman’s husband. I was told they were separated and getting divorced. They were still married. I was with him anyway. One night, even when I knew they were back together, I kissed him on the New York City sidewalk even as I knew his wedding ring was back on his hand. I knew nothing about Jesus. Nothing about sin. Nothing about my need for Jesus as Savior, for Jesus as Lord. I only knew I was desperate, so desperate, to satisfy my unbelievable thirst. Years later, I repented. Years later, I even found the woman the man had been married to and asked her forgiveness. By then, I had found the answer to my thirst.

Friend, we can run around this whole wide world, searching, searching, for people, places, and things to satisfy our thirst, to quench our desire, to give us life-giving, life-sustaining, life-changing liquid because we are like sojourners in a desert in dire need of water to save us, to satisfy us, to help us live and thrive. We will find temporary pleasure at best. Temporary help. Temporary support. Temporary fulfillment and satisfaction.

Or, we can run to the Lord Jesus Christ, throw ourselves at His feet, cry out to God in Jesus’ name to forgive us our sins, believe Jesus is Lord and died for our sins and was raised from the dead, committing our lives to Him, and to His ways, having His Spirit come live in us, asking for the gift of the baptism of His Spirit, to be filled with the love and power of His Spirit, to be filled, and filled, and more filled, and develop with Him the most amazing, awesome, personal, intimate, forever relationship, and to seek Him more, for more of Him, and receive the fullness of Him and His blessings, and grow in Him and by Him, and know we are His, and He is ours, forever, and it is then we do thirst for more, but this time, unlike when we ran to the world with our thirst, we know we will always be satisfied, our thirst will always be answered, be met, because Jesus is Lord, He is forever, and we can say, Hallelujah!

We all have our other woman’s husbands, don’t we? The sins of this life we have turned to foolishly and dangerously and ultimately fatally believing we can satisfy our thirst with worldly pleasures and earthly treasures.

May we repent, each and every one of us, from every single thing displeasing to God, and come running to the well of life that never runs dry, to the Spirit of God who is forever ours when we commit genuinely our hearts, and our very lives, to Christ Jesus forever, Amen!

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