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Humble Hero, Page 78

manner began to change. “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself?” She saw before her only a thirsty traveler. In her mind, she compared Him with Jacob. She was looking backward to the fathers, and forward to the Messiah’s coming, while the Messiah Himself was beside her, and she did not know Him. How many thirsty souls today are close by the Living Fountain, yet looking far away for the Water of Life!

Solemnly, earnestly, Jesus said, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

People everywhere are longing for something to fill the unsatisfied need of the soul. Only One can meet that lack—Christ, “the Desire of all nations.” The divine grace that He gives is like living water, purifying and invigorating the whole being.

Jesus did not convey the idea that merely one drink of the water of life would be enough. All who taste the love of Christ will continually long for more, but they seek for nothing else. The riches, honors, and pleasures of the world do not attract them. The constant cry of their hearts is, “More of You.” Our Redeemer is an inexhaustible fountain. We may drink, and drink again, and we will always find a fresh supply.

Jesus had stirred the woman’s interest and awakened a desire for the gift He had mentioned. “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

The Dark Secrets of Her Past

Jesus now abruptly turned the conversation. Before this woman could receive the gift He longed to give her, she must come to recognize her sin and her Savior. Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” She answered, “I have no husband.” But the Savior continued, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

The woman trembled. A mysterious hand was turning the pages of her life history. Who was He, that He could read the secrets of her life? Thoughts of eternity came to her, and of the future judgment, when all that is now hidden will be revealed.

She tried to change the subject away from this unwelcome direction. “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.” Then, hoping to silence conviction, she turned to points of religious controversy.

Patiently Jesus watched for the opportunity to bring the truth home to her heart again. “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain,” she said, “and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Just in sight was Mount Gerizim, a subject of dispute between Jews and Samaritans. For many generations, the Samaritans had intermingled with idol worshipers, whose religion gradually

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