If You Only Knew
1 John 4:7-10, 15 — “There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto 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 have given thee living water. …The woman said unto Him, Sir, give me this water.”
HOW IS IT?
Jesus asks the Samaritan woman—in that day and culture, the lowest of the lowest class of citizen—to serve Him some water. She asks, “How is it?” and cites how Jews would never consider being served by a Samaritan. This is a perfect picture of us when we were outsiders and separated from God by the law of sin and death. We couldn’t even serve Him. The response of Christ is amazing! He tells her that if she knew two things, she would ask Him to serve her water instead.
THE GIFT OF GOD
The first of these things is the gift of God. The gift of God is salvation by grace through faith. It’s called a gift because of grace—because it’s free. It is not deserved as a wage or an earning would be. It’s a gift! This is how all of our salvation works—past, present and future.
WHO IS ASKING?
The second thing He wanted her to know was who, exactly, was asking for her service. Jesus Christ is the sacrificial Lamb of God. He is both the gift of salvation and the giver of salvation. Our redemption is wrapped up in the sacrifice—who Jesus is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross.
ASK OF HIM
If she had known these two things, regardless of who she was or how anyone looked at her, then she would have “asked of Him.” Regardless of who you are, or what you’ve done, or how others may see you, you can also ask of Him. All you have to know is that Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb and risen Lord and that He died for you. Just accept these things into your knowledge by faith, and I know that you, too, will ask of Him. And, just as He did for the adulterous woman when she asked, He will also give you living water, so that you’ll never thirst again.
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