by Rev. Howard Rosen, Jr
(Dillwyn, VA)

Rev. Howard Rosen, Jr
Pleasant Grove Baptist

John 4: 7-13

The first and most important thing on the mind of Jesus was to bring the woman to seek salvation.
Notice – That even though Jesus knew all about her. He did not open the conversation by rebuking her. He asks her a favor.

Give Me to Drink He says. And with that request he opened the door to a spiritual conversation which led this woman to everlasting life, and started a great revival among the Samaritan’s.

If you will look at all the sermons of Jesus you will see He always spoke on the level that the people were living on. He talked about sparrows, lilies of the field, sowing and reaping, salt and light, bread and as He did here water.

He had created all the water in the world, but yet He was not above asking the Samaritan for a drink.


V10 – The Lord said to her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee Give Me to Drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and he would given thee living water. He overlooked her question in V9, because he was not here to argue social differences.

The idea he was trying to get her to see is that of the living water in contrast to the water collected in the Jacob’s well, which was not a spring, but surface water form the land around.
He was speaking of his grace, and how it is like water from a springing well.

1. It is of the best and most refreshing kind.
2. It is living and ministers life.
3. It is powerful and finds its own way. Try to stop a spring!
4. It is abiding and is never dried up.
5. It is abounding and free to all who come.

V11 – At this point the woman is wondering. Who is this guy? And what was he trying to say to her. He had her attention. But she had not yet seen...that…
1. He had it. There was no need for a bucket to draw with.
2. He had it to give.
3. He would have given it for the asking.
4. He alone could give it. It would be found in no earthly well.


Still wanting to know the answer to who this man was she asked, Whence then hast thou that living water?
Aren’t you glad that you and I can answer this question in a fashion that could not have been given when our Lord sat on the well?

We know the fullness of the salvation of Jesus Christ, and the finished work of his life, death, and resurrection.

We know…
1. From his divine nature, combined with his perfect humanity.
2. From his purpose and appointment of God.
3. From his redeeming work, this operated for good even before its actual accomplishments, and which is in full operation now. They were looking to the blessed hope of the work of Christ. We have seen it complete.
4. From the power of his intercession at the Father’s right hand.
5. From his representative life in glory. Now all power is delivered into his hand. And that power given unto us. Which we are told in Mat. 28:18 to Go YE and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Ghost.


V13 – Whosoever drinketh of this water shall never thirst again.
1. Then he is still able to bless. Since he has this living water only from
His unchanging self, He has it now as fully as ever.
2. Then He needs nothing from us. He himself the one sole Fountain, full
All sufficient forever.
3. Then we need not fear exhausting his fullness. Never dries up!!
4. Then at all times we may come to him, and he will never deny us.
5. Then He is always ready to give us a drink of life giving water.

The only thing that will satisfy the heart of sinful man is getting his heart right with God.
The only person who has peace and is fully satisfied is one that is born again, and is yielded all to Jesus.
The only place to find this peace is from the well of our Lord and Savior.

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