Scripture Reading: Judges 2:6-3:31 / John 4:27-42 / Psalm 56:1-13
My mother tells a story when her sister’s were visiting us at our house when I was a toddler. They were sitting in the kitchen and I was in the high chair. The sky turned black and a severe thunderstorm began to light up the sky. A bolt of lightening landed outside the kitchen and a tree branch hit the roof. Mom and my aunts screamed and ran out of the kitchen leaving me behind in the kitchen by myself. It didn’t take long before they realized Mom left her crying son in the kitchen. She left me behind…surprised I am not emotionally scarred today!
People leave things behind for a number of reasons. Sometimes out of fear, forgetfulness or even excitement. Things are accidently left while others are intentionally forsaken. Jesus was just finishing up His conversation with the Samaritan woman when the disciples came back from the grocery store. The disciples didn’t ask Him why He was talking to her even though it was highly unusual. Instead the woman responds, “Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town…” (John 4:28)
She left her water jar… not because she forgot but because she intentionally left it behind. She brought the jar to the well to fill it but she found a filling that superseded what she could put in the jar. The thirsty Samaritan was looking to fill her physical need for water but she was also emotionally, relationally and spiritually empty. When she met Jesus, her water jar didn’t matter anymore… she was filled with living water!
While she was searching for temporal satisfaction, Jesus spoke to her about eternal life. Her human appetites and desires were never really satisfied and met. She longed to find purpose and hope. Satisfaction would not be found in a well but in the words of Jesus. Faith took root in her heart and living hope and assurance began to well up within her.
She found life, not “Bios” physical life but “Zoe” life in her spirit and soul! She believed and the Spirit of God began to flow through her fulfilling the longing of her soul. Just as the water jar was empty, she left her emptiness behind at the well. She left all of the hurts, brokenness and immorality. She left with her heart filled with hope and her soul renewed.
She went back to the town and announced, “Come see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (vs.29) She avoided the women at the well but in excitement told the entire town about The Messiah. Her life was changed and she just had to tell somebody! When we meet Jesus, He changes us and transforms our lives. He fills us with His presence and power. His water of eternal life satisfies the longings of our lives. It is then we realize that the emptiness of our old lives simply need… to be left behind.
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!