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Living Water For Thirsty Hearts

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The deepest need of the human heart is not met by anything this world offers. Only God can quench the real thirst of the human heart.

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Come, everyone who is thirsty,
come to the water;
and you without silver,
come, buy, and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without silver and without cost!
1 When Jesus knew that the Pharisees heard He was making and baptizing more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), 3 He left Judea and went again to Galilee.
Why do you spend silver on what is not food,
4 He had to travel through Samaria, 5 so He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from His journey, sat down at the well. It was about six in the evening.
4 He had to travel through Samaria, 5 so He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from His journey, sat down at the well. It was about six in the evening.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. “Give Me a drink,” Jesus said to her, 8 for His disciples had gone into town to buy food. 9 “How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked Him. For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.
and your wages on what does not satisfy?
“Give Me a drink,” Jesus said to her, 8 for His disciples had gone into town to buy food.
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
9 “How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked Him. For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.
and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.
10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.” 11 “Sir,” said the woman, “You don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do You get this ‘living water’?
Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), .Central Truth: Only God can truly satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart.
11 “Sir,” said the woman, “You don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do You get this ‘living water’? 12 You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are You? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.”
12 You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are You? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.” 13 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again.
Introduction:
Introduction:
14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well pof water springing up within him for eternal life.”
13 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well pof water springing up within him for eternal life.”
15 “Sir,” the woman said to Him, “give me this water so I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.” 16 “Go call your husband,” He told her, “and come back here.”
16 “Go call your husband,” He told her, “and come back here.” 17 “I don’t have a husband,” she answered. “You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband,’ ” Jesus said. 18 “For you’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
17 “I don’t have a husband,” she answered. “You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband,’ ” Jesus said. 18 “For you’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
17 “I don’t have a husband,” she answered. “You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband,’ ” Jesus said. 18 “For you’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
“You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband,’ ” Jesus said. 18 “For you’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
Introduction:
When we lived in North Georgia we were within a short drive of some beautiful mountains. I have had the opportunity to hike in those mountains as well as in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. One of my favorite places to hike is Mt. Leconte in the Smoky Mountains. I have hiked up that mountain several times and also on many of the trails surrounding it. Hiking in those mountains is not an easy stroll. It is hard, but well worth the effort along the way and especially when you reach the top. On top of Mt. Leconte are rustic one room cabins that you can reserve and stay in. There is also a water pump there with clear, cool and fresh mountain water. After climbing that mountain, whether it was cold or hot, my body was longing for that fresh water since by the time we had arrived I had depleted my water sources. I didn’t want a coke or a Pepsi or even the heavenly liquid known as Mountain Dew. I wanted water. I longed for water. Artificially flavored drinks could not satisfy, only water.
You see, spiritually, we are thirsty people surrounded by other thirsty people. We each have a deep longing for something that will satisfy the dry parched feelings we have in our hearts. In our text this morning, I want us to see the master evangelist Jesus direct this Samaritan to the living water that will satisfy her thirsty heart.
Central Truth: The deepest needs of the human heart are met only by God and not by anything this world has to offer.

I. The Futility of Natural Waters

The human condition since the fall has consisted of a deep longing for fulfillment. For thousands of years, the search for this fulfillment has been in futile locations. This woman had come to the well for physical water, which is temporary. People today search for fulfillment in temporary things and temporary people.
Isaiah’s question rings loudly today in a world of thirst and hunger:

Come, everyone who is thirsty,

come to the water;

and you without silver,

come, buy, and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without silver and without cost!

2 Why do you spend silver on what is not food,

and your wages on what does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,

and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.

, “Why do you spend silver on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy?”
Come, everyone who is thirsty,
come to the water;
and you without silver,
come, buy, and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without silver and without cost!
2 Why do you spend silver on what is not food,
and your wages on what does not satisfy?”
Our time is no different than the time of the Samaritan woman. The futile search continues. How are people seeking fulfillment in their lives?

A. The Trap of Materialism

The samaritan woman confuses the physical with the spiritual. Human beings, although spiritual beings, have always sought fulfillment with material things.
, “The one who loves money is never satisfied with money, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile.”
The story is told of a prosperous, young investment banker who was driving a new BMW sedan on a mountain road during a snowstorm. As he veered around one sharp turn, he lost control and began sliding off the road toward a deep precipice. At the last moment he unbuckled his seat belt, flung open his door, and leaped from the car, which then tumbled down the ravine and burst into a ball of flames.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), .
The story is told of a prosperous, young investment banker who was driving a new BMW sedan on a mountain road during a snowstorm. As he veered around one sharp turn, he lost control and began sliding off the road toward a deep precipice. At the last moment he unbuckled his seat belt, flung open his door, and leaped from the car, which then tumbled down the ravine and burst into a ball of flames.
The story is told of a prosperous, young investment banker who was driving a new BMW sedan on a mountain road during a snowstorm. As he veered around one sharp turn, he lost control and began sliding off the road toward a deep precipice. At the last moment he unbuckled his seat belt, flung open his door, and leaped from the car, which then tumbled down the ravine and burst into a ball of flames.
Though he had escaped with his life, the man suffered a ghastly injury. Somehow his arm had been caught near the hinge of the door as he jumped and had been torn off at the shoulder.
A trucker saw the accident in his rearview mirror. He pulled his rig to a halt and ran to see if he could help. He found the banker standing at the roadside, looking down at the BMW burning in the ravine below.
“My BMW! My new BMW!!” the banker moaned, oblivious to his injury.
The trucker pointed at the banker’s shoulder and said, “You’ve got bigger problems than that car. We’ve got to find your arm. Maybe the surgeons can sew it back on!”
The banker looked where his arm had been, paused a moment, and groaned, “Oh no! My Rolex! My new Rolex!!”

B. Achievement

God gives us material possessions so we will enjoy them, not so we will worship them. (Craig Brian Larson, 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers & Writers. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2002. 340.)
It is futile to think if you simply had more money or nicer things you would be satisfied. It is never ending search.
Craig Brian Larson, 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers & Writers (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2002), 340.

B. Human Achievement Cannot Fully Satisfy

B. The

The woman at the well references Jacob in verse 12. She was ignorant of who Jesus was and questions his status. Was he greater than Jacob, the one who had provided the well for them. I mean he had even drunk from it himself, along with his very sons and livestock. This was a special place no doubt.
“The Johannine message is that Jesus replaces or is superior to most of the cultic or historic symbols in Israel’s faith. The patriarch Jacob was not only an ancestor revered by the Jews but also by the Samaritans.” (Gerald L. Borchert, , vol. 25A, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996), 204.
It is futile to seek to quench the thirst of the human heart thru religious rituals, traditions or achievements apart from Christ.

C. Companionship

The Johannine message is that Jesus replaces or is superior to most of the cultic or historic symbols in Israel’s faith. The patriarch Jacob was not only an ancestor revered by the Jews but also by the Samaritans.
It is futile to seek to quench the thirst of the human heart thru worldly achievements or notoriety.

C. Companionship is Not the Answer

Gerald L. Borchert, , vol. 25A, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996), 204.C. Companionship
The woman at the well had been through five husbands and her current companion was not her husband. She was trapped in a cycle of sexual sin. This is the trap many find themselves in today. They are seeking in futility to satisfy the deepest needs of the human heart in fleeting and purely physical human relationships. Twisting a God-given desire into a selfish pursuit that leaves a trail of emotional wreckage and damage along the way. Apart from God and the new life he provides we will never be satisfied. The human heart desires to be known and loved, and only God can perfectly know us and love us.
The “when’ syndrome. When we are young we think that “when” we get older we will be happy because of the freedom we will have. Teenagers think they will be happy when they get that first car or truck. Then we think after we graduate from high school things will really come together. Out of college, now we’re talking, things are surely looking up now cause we will perhaps find a spouse and get married and fulfillment will come. Then we wrap our fulfillment up in the children we may have only to say “when” the children are grown and “when” we retire we will find fulfillment.
The natural waters of this world are like drinking salt water when you are thirsty. It may temporarily bring seeming relief, yet in the end to be more miserable. Temporary and futile.
But Jesus offers:

II. The Satisfaction of Living Water

, “Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.”
“Jesus pointed out that the spiritual water of which he spoke is not something for which one strives in difficulty and struggle. Rather, a person receives it as it bubbles up from within.” (Kenneth O. Gangel, John, vol. 4, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 75–76.)
The water that the woman had come to draw had to be obtained with hard labor in the sun. If the refreshing water of which this stranger spoke could be made available without all that effort, so much the better. And even that dimension of comparison is important in these verses. Jesus pointed out that the spiritual water of which he spoke is not something for which one strives in difficulty and struggle. Rather, a person receives it as it bubbles up from within.

A. Complete - Not Partial

Kenneth O. Gangel, John, vol. 4, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 75–76.

Sir,” the woman said to Him, “give me this water so I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.”

A. Complete - Not Partial

, “Sir,” the woman said to Him, “give me this water so I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.”

A. Complete & Permanent

The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), .A. Complete - Not Partial
Jesus satisfies completely. He is enough. Those who truly seek God and trust him never go away unsatisfied. He is enough. We will not be satisfied by a Jesus + something else faith. So many are confessing Christ on one hand but still holding onto the things of this world to satisfy. This is the pathway to misery. In Christ we find complete satisfaction.
, “For my people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.”

B. Permanent - Not Temporary

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well pof water springing up within him for eternal life.”
]For my people have committed a double evil:
They have abandoned me,
the fountain of living water,
and dug cisterns for themselves—
cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.
Christian Standard Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), .B. Permanent - Not Temporary
When we rely on Jesus and Jesus alone we: “will never get thirsty again - ever!”

B. Alive & Flowing - Not Stagnant

The water at the bottom of this deep well where Jesus and the woman were located would not have been moving - living water refers to flowing water. This living water would not be obtained by physically drawing but would be internal and a gift from God. The Holy Spirit, who indwells every born again believer, is this spring of living water, God himself. Jesus, God in the flesh, provides pure and true joy.
, “The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” 39 He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.”

C. The Perfect Gift

Do you have the gift of God? The Holy Spirit living within you? If not, recognize who Jesus is, recognize your greatest need and problem - sin, and ask in faith.
The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” 39 He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.”
Conclusion:
Remember who Jesus is speaking with. A woman wrapped up in sexual sin and spiritual confusion. You see, Christ reached out to the unlovable and despised.
In , we see Jesus forgiving a woman caught in the very act of adultery. Jesus responds to the calls for her judgment by saying, “He that is without sin cast the first stone.” Her accusers all drop their rocks and walk away.Jesus looks at the woman, still reeling in shame and embarrassment and fear, and says, “Where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one Lord.” Jesus then says, “Neither do I condemn you, go and from now on sin no more.”
Jesus was not telling the woman to change in order to be accepted by him, but to change because he had already accepted and forgiven her. Religion tells people to change first, but that’s a futile effort. The gospel reverses the normal order. Change comes from acceptance, not for it. And when we realize that we are completely known and loved by God, and respond to him in repentance and faith by trusting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the well of living water, the fountain of living water is born within us and we are changed.
Important: God’s acceptance is the power that liberates us from sin, not the reward for having liberated ourselves. Salvation is a gift given to undeserving people, which lifts them out of their captivity to sin.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), .
J. D. Greear, “The Sexual Captive: ; ,” in J. D. Greear Sermon Archive (Durham, NC: The Summit Church, 2017), .
, “The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.,r This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame,,v 12 since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.,z
Conclusion:
Salvation is a gift given to undeserving people, like this woman, which lifts them out of their captivity to sin.
., “The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.,r This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame,,v 12 since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.,z
, “The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame, v 12 since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Conclusion;
I love to eat and try new foods. I had never actually tried Chinese food until Julie and I started dating. Her parents would take us sometimes to a Chinese restaurant in Cornelia. I was a big fan of the crab rangoon and chicken or beef teriyaki.
and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.”
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