The gospel of John tells us that one day Jesus met a woman of Samaria at the sixth hour. The woman had come for water at a well and Jesus was sitting and resting there. The conversation started simply when Jesus asked her, “Please give Me a drink.” It was a polite request. She was surprised that Jesus spoke to her because He was a Jew, and she was a woman from Samaria. Therefore she asked,
You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink? John 4:9
At that moment the conversation became very meaningful.
Jesus answered and said to her, “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.” She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:10-14
Jesus was concerned about her and promised that she would never thirst again if she drank His living water. She was confused. She did not realize He was promising that she would never be spiritually thirsty again.
She did not want to be thirsty again. Soon the woman discovered that Jesus was the Messiah for whom she was waiting.
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” John 4:25-26
The water was promised by Jesus, our God and Messiah. Later in John 7:37-39, Jesus said this about living water,
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke aof the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive . . . John 7:37-39
Jesus had promised the Samaritan woman the life giving and life transforming Holy Spirit. She would never be thirsty again in a spiritual sense. Upon believing that Jesus was her God (John 8:24, 58), her Messiah, and her Savior who could forgive her sins (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), she would receive the Holy Spirit who would make her a new, spiritually alive creature (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-2), free her from slavery to sin (Romans 6:18, 20), empower her to have victory over sin (Galatians 5:16-23) and make life satisfying (Matthew 5:6). Would you like to never be spiritually thirsty? Visit the page “Searching for God” to find out how.
1. Note that we believe the gospel of John used Roman time. If so, then the sixth hour could be 6:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. just as time is calculated in the United States. The Romans did not use military time. Thus the sixth hour is ambiguous and could the sixth in the morning or in the evening. However, if we are wrong and the gospel used Jewish time, then the sixth hour would be 12:0 p.m. or noon, since the start of the Jewish day was 6:00 a.m. For supporting evidence visit one of these references:
Gerald, Borchert. John 1-11. The New American Commentary. B&H Publishing. 1996. p. 201.
William Hendricksen. John. New Testament Commentary. Baker Book House. 2003. p. 157.
John MacArthur. John. The John MacArthur Study Bible. Crossway. 2011. p. 1543. note 4:6.