She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? (John 4:11 NASB)
I know that this is the Samaritan woman speaking here, and she does not even know what Jesus is talking about yet, but she makes an awesome point.
The well is deep!
The well from which we draw this living water.
I suppose a deep well, could mean two things. It could mean the water is a long way down (and it is clear this is her meaning) or it could mean once you hit water, you are just scratching the surface.
But Jesus is talking about the living water, which later in John He will explain more thoroughly.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:38-39 NASB)
So she is exactly correct on both counts.
First, there is a great gulf fixed between man and this living water – an uncross-able chasm. No rope man could make would be long enough to reach this living water.
Friday I talked about being the bucket, but you still need that rope in order to be baptized or submerged in this living water.
That rope is the cross of Jesus Christ. The only way to get from here to there is through the death and resurrection of our beautiful Lord and Savior.
As to the second sense of the word, she hits a home run. How deep is this living water? How vast the supply?
Consider the words of Paul to the Ephesians:
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV, emphasis mine)
I used the KJV here because I have always love that phrase ‘earnest of our inheritance.’ There is such promise in it. Earnest means deeply sincere, no messing around, honest and forthcoming.
When someone offers earnest money it demonstrates their ability to pay, and their intent to do so.
If the Holy Spirit of promise (by the way, I love that phrase too) is simply a demonstration that the one who has bought us is coming to get us, if this is a display of the Father’s intentions, if this is ‘a foretaste of glory divine,’ well then, this is one deep well.
The depth of wealth we have in Christ is immeasurable, beyond what we could ask or think. [Tweet This] Nothing compares to life in the Holy Spirit. It is limitless here, and what is to come is beyond human comprehension.
See you tomorrow