John 4: Spiritual Thirst, Living Water, and Faith Alone


(54 verses, 06:05 to read)

What I am about to READ

  • Jesus speaks and creates faith.


  • v. 10 Jesus answered her,“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water”
  • vv. 13-14 Jesus said to her,“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
  • vv. 23-24 [Jesus said] “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
  • v. 50 Jesus said to him,“Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.


  • Faith, faith, faith!
  • Water = Life and Drinking = Faith.
  • John states the purpose of his gospel, as well as the Gospel in the broad sense, in chapter 20 verse 31: “but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
  • This chapter fits perfectly within John’s stated purpose. The Samaritan woman comes to faith through Jesus’ word. As a result of this gift of faith, she then goes and proclaims that word to her neighbors. They believed her testimony (despite her sordid reputation)! And then they heard Jesus’ word for themselves and believed “that this is indeed the Savior of the world” (v. 42) A bunch of Samaritans filled with Living Water!
  • In the same way, the official (who originally believed in Jesus “the great miracle worker”) heard His word. The official believed the word that Jesus spoke to him (v. 50). His son was miraculously healed, and he and his household believed in Jesus the Son of God (v. 53).

A few notes:

  • v. 6 – Jesus is God in the flesh. He’s fully human. He gets tired and thirsty just like us.
  • vv. 13-14 – Jesus is the Living Water. His grace, mercy, and forgiveness are like a cool drink of water on a hot summer day. He alone can quench the thirst in our souls. He alone can create faith in our hearts so that we believe in Him and trust in Him for all our needs.
  • Jesus is the Master. Pay attentions to how Jesus’ moves this woman’s attention away from the natural/physical water to the spiritual/ living water.
  • It’s also interesting that He preaches Gospel first (vv. 10-15), and then preaches the Law (vv. 16-18).


Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, set aside His thirst and physical needs in order to give this Samaritan woman eternal, living water – Himself.

There was another occasion where Jesus set aside His physical needs. While hanging on the cross, Jesus spoke: “I thirst!” He said this just before He spoke these words: “It is finished!” Christ gave Himself unto death so that you and I may be filled with Living Water.

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Sub Cruce,

Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.


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