Bible lesson for Dec. 7, 2019
"Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’”
— John 4:13-14In John 10:10, Jesus declared, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Nicodemus thought he could have the abundant life by laboriously obeying the religious rules and regulations of religious teachers past and present. But Nicodemus found abundant life only after he believed in Jesus and began to follow him. After Jesus died on the cross, Nicodemus showed his loyalty by helping Joseph of Arimathea with Jesus’ burial. On the other hand, the Samaritan woman thought she could have the abundant life by focusing on this present world. She tried to find satisfaction in a succession of intimate affairs, officially sanctioned or not, that never began or ended well. So, she went alone to draw water from Jacob’s well in the heat of the noonday sun, where she met Jesus. She knew that materialistic living had not brought happiness, but after she met Jesus, believed the spiritual truths He shared with her, and accepted Him as the promised Messiah, she received eternal life. Drinking water is necessary to sustain physical life no matter how laborious to draw from a well. Drinking spiritual water is necessary to sustain spiritual life, but faith in Jesus is not laborious. Jesus promised that He would give spiritual water to those who believed in Him. By spiritual water, Jesus meant the Holy Spirit, who would so satisfy Jesus’ followers that they would have the abundant life and never need a spiritual substitute.
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