July 16, 2022 – Ron Green
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. John 7:38
Jesus said, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the living water will flow from his heart.” (When He said, “living water, He was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to anyone believing in Him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into His glory.) John 7:37-39. The “Living Water” that Jesus speaks about is Water of Salvation, the Holy Spirit.
Remember what John the Baptist said, I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matthew 3:11
After a long journey from Judea back to Galilee Jesus stopped at a well to rest. It was Jacob’s well just outside of the town of Sychar. A Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well. She saw Jesus setting next to the well. Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” This was a surprise to the woman, as she was a Samaritan and Jesus was a Jew. During that time period the Jews didn’t want anything to do with the Samaritan people. The Samaritan woman must have been in shock that a Jewish man would ask anything from a Samaritan person. But Jesus knew her heart and asked her for a drink anyway.
Jesus replies, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” John 4:10
Does that mean this woman was a Good Samaritan? So, what is a Good Samaritan and where did the term Good Samaritan come from. My research came up with two means of the Good Samaritan and both referred to the book of Luke.
The meaning of the word Good Samaritan: is one who voluntarily renders aid to another in distress although under no duty to do so. History and Etymology for Good Samaritan. from the good Samaritan in the New Testament parable (Luke 10:30–37)
Merriam-Webster defines the meaning of the word Good Samaritan:
1. A native or inhabitant of Samaria
2. [from the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37]: a person who is generous in helping those in distress
Picking up in chapter 10 of the book of Luke, we learn of the Good Samaritan as he stops to help an innocent man that was beaten, robbed and left to die on the side of a path. The story of the Good Samaritan was believed to be one of Jesus’s favorite parables. This parable is still used today to encourage people to be unselfish, and to think ahead and help others. If you remember the story, the Good Samaritan was not the first person to pass by and notice the beaten man. The Good Samaritan was the third person to notice the beaten man. But unlike the first two on lookers, the Good Samaritan stopped to help the beaten man.
I remember on one occasion there was a young homeless man that was riding a skate board around a store parking lot without any shoes. I told my wife; I’m going to drive up to this man and see what size of shoe he wears. It just so happened that he wore the same size shoe that wear. I took off my shoes and gave them to this man. Now these were not some beat up old raggedy shoes. In fact, they were really nice skate board shoe. It was the Holy Spirit that told me to give this man my shoes.
How many times have you seen a person along the roadway holding up a sign up saying “Please Help No Money” or “I’ll work for food “and how many times have you walked by this person and refused to help? Why is that? Well in today’s society, people are on the streets and homeless for all sorts of reasons. Are you afraid of that person, or are you just too good to help? I’m guilty myself of walking pass people asking for food or money. But there are times I believe the Holy Spirit touches me and tells me to buy that person a meal. I never give them money, but I will give them food and a drink. I have never seen a person refuse food and drink.
In the same way, how many people have rejected the help from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. People seem to busy to want anything to do with God and Jesus. People seem to know Jesus at Easter and Christmas time, but refuse to follow Him the rest of the year. We are reminded by Jesus in John 7:37, If we chose to fallow Jesus, we will never be thirsty again. Jesus is enough and all we need, but you must believe in Him. Jesus will provide all the things you’ll need, only if we would just open our hearts to Him and invite Him in. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
—- Chaplain Ron