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"Returning from the Well"

October 4, 2004

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Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” John 4:28-29

She came to the well seeking physical water, with deep spiritual needs buried. She returns from the well with those deep needs met by her encounter with Jesus Christ, the Water of Life. Transformed, she has good news to tell her countrymen, the very people who previously looked down upon her for her sinful life. Very simply she tells them, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” The living water is flowing through her now, for many came out of the town and made their way toward Jesus. We are told, “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony” (John 4:39). Later, after talking with Jesus, they are confirmed in their belief that “this man really is the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).

How do we return from the well? There our deepest spiritual needs have been met. We have seen Jesus and drunk deeply of the living water. The water flowed in our baptism and continues quenching our thirst through the Word, wafer and wine. Like the woman, we return from the well with good news to share. Very simply we need to tell people, “Come, see a man who is the Christ.” Living water flows through our testimony. Others will come and see. Others will hear the Word preached and will read, study, and learn for themselves that Jesus Christ is their crucified and risen Savior. The more we come to the well for water, the more powerfully and lovingly we can return from the well with a never-ending stream of living water for the world.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, as I return from the well, let Your Living Water flow through my words to a thirsty world. Amen.

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