How did Christ cause a person to change? Let’s see how Christ convinced a promiscuous and lonely Samaritan woman. John 4:6-26.
First, Christ talked to her. At that time, Jews wouldn’t talk to Samaritans, and men wouldn’t talk in public to women they didn’t know. Also she was an outcast (drawing water from a well alone by herself at noon, not during the cool hour of the day). Talking to her, Christ broke racial, gender, social, and moral barriers, showing He acting as a bridge linking polar opposites in the society.
What Christ was about to give to the woman was “the gift of God.” One with strength, money, power or other social status wouldn’t have a higher chance to get it. It was and is a gift for everyone.
Second, Christ linked the Gospel to something important and desirable. Water is paramount to our body. Christ compared the Gospel to water. It is not laws, where we are forced to follow. Water is something particularly one in arid land desperately needs.
Lastly, Christ showed her what she was pursuing would never satisfy her. When the Samaritan woman asked for the living water, Christ told her to bring her husband, a non sequitur response. The woman had had five husbands, and the man with her at that point was not her husband. Christ wanted her to see that what she was seeking, be it water or men, would never be enough. She had to always go back for more.
Irrespective of what we pursue—money, health, possession, beauty, sex, power, friendship, family, importance, or intelligence—we will never have enough. We always want more. They could even destroy us.
But Christ’s living water wouldn’t abuse us. We don’t need to earn it. It is a gift.
On the cross, Christ asked for water. He didn’t need to. The action symbolized Christ experiencing the unquenchable thirst when His Father had forsaken Him. Because of His suffering, we could have as the gift of the living water, the gift that can fully satisfy us.
Adapted from a Tim Keller sermon.
无论我们追求什么在世上的物件或重要的事情 - 金钱，健康，美丽，性，权力，友谊，家庭，或智慧 - 我们总是觉得不够。而且这些东西可能会摧毁我们。