Jesus asked a woman for a drink of water. She responded by asking him why a Jew would ask a Samaritan woman (which she was) for a drink, since Jews and Samaritans were not known to get along.
Leaving her question hanging, he went on to make a much more profound point. He said, “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” (John 4:10).
Am I wrong to see Jesus’ statement as an invitation?
Just three chapters earlier, John began his gospel about Jesus telling us that he is the Word of God who spoke the universe into existence. So now, sitting at Jacob’s well, a well that had been there a mere 2,000 years, this same eternal Jesus who spoke the universe into existence is asking this woman for a drink of water. But was he really after water?
Though I’m certain he would have welcomed a drink from her, he didn’t come for the water. He came for that woman. He also came for you and me. He says to us as he did to her, if we understand who he is, we will ask him for living water. That’s what he came to give us. Living water.
He is talking about water that will quench our thirst completely. Water that truly and completely satisfies the thirst of our souls by accepting us where we are, then setting our sinfulness aside making us clean and whole again.
Who doesn’t want that? I hope you want it, and I hope you understand that he is inviting you to drink fully and deeply of who he is and what he offers.
In another place he says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me", Revelation 3:20.
His invitation still stands. Why would you wait?