The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:9–15, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Suboptimal – below the highest level or standard. Jesus made the Samaritan woman the highest offer possible, “the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” But her focus was far less than optimal, “give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” Jesus offered her something with eternal value, and she nearly missed it by focusing on a more immediate yet temporal need.
Lest we think this was an isolated incident, fast forward to the passion week. Jesus enters Jerusalem to the shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! “Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:13, NIV 1984). Less than a week later these shouts were all but forgotten. [T]hey shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. (John 19:15, NIV 1984). The people’s desire for a temporal political/military king to supplant Rome and rule over Israel, overrode any thoughts of an eternal King of kings to supplant Satan and rule over all nations.
My Advice – What have we learned in nearly 2000 years? What progress have we made in shifting our focus away from the temporal to the eternal? While many have been added to Christ’s eternal Kingdom over those years, more still have rejected Him. If you have not already done so, won’t you lift up head and open your eyes and ears to the only eternal solution open to mankind? The offer still holds, but will not be open forever. Don’t miss the opportunity.