Sermon - Are you Thirsty?

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 3:30pm

Geography is an important part of understanding the story of the woman at the well.

The three regions during Jesus' time had Galilee in the north, Samaria sitting in the middle, with Judea in the south.  The easiest and quickest way to get to Galilee from Judea was to go due north through Samaria.  But many Jews due to a terrible prejudice, would travel the hot desert road from Jerusalem to Jericho and up the Jordan Valley.  This journey was almost twice the distance and much more uncomfortable.

Jesus was prepared to cut through the ignorant and narrow minded prejudice to get where he needed to go.  John tells us that Jesus had to go through Samaria and so must we.

Both the story of Moses and the Woman at the Well can give us insight into the matter of the thirst.  Certainly there is a thirst in the world for less prejudice, but it is not addressed by walking around but it is addressed by confronting it.

The thirst of Moses and the Isrealites is a physical thirst.  The thirst of Jesus and the woman symbolizes need.

The Isrealites were impatient rather than in dire need.  Recognizing that the need for water would not be met immediately, the Isrealites complained and blew their issue up.  How often do we at the slightest discomfort claim to be suffering, do we blow matters out of proportion?  How many of us are thirsty for patience, endurance, persistence, resilience, personal responsibility?  A glass or a 2L bottle?

The thirst between Christ and the Samaritan woman plays out differently.  She has a thirst, she seeks clarity about this new source of water, Jesus assures her that Jesus' water is long term, it would fulfill her thirst eternally.  

Living water comes from a spring, water that flows at the source where it is taken.  Standing water comes from a pool that has no movement.  

Jesus offered the woman clarity and direction.  He identified her need and showed her how to fulfill it.

There are some needs that Jesus alone can fill, some yearnings that only Jesus can satisfy, and some thirsts that only the living water can quench.