Fill Us, O Lord!

John 4:14 – Jesus said:

But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.

Speaking to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, Jesus said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again.” “This water” plainly means "this natural water and all satisfactions of a like earthly and perishable nature." Coming to us from outside, and reaching only the physical parts of our nature, they are soon spent, and need to be replenished as much as if we had never experienced them before, while the deeper wants of our being are not reached by them at all.

The "water" that Christ gives--spiritual life--is struck out of the very depths of our being, making the soul not a cistern, for holding water poured into it from outside, but a fountain, springing, gushing, bubbling up and flowing forth within us, ever fresh, ever living.

Let us examine a parallel passage to understand what Jesus meant.

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. [John 7:37-39.]

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Christ is the secret of this life with all its enduring energies and satisfactions, as expressed above in John 7:37-39. "Never thirst," then, means simply that such souls have the supplies at home, within themselves!

Jesus promised that this fountain/well would be “Springing up into everlasting life!” – When we have a fountain/well within us we can never thirst. How can we lack water when we have in us a living, eternal spring? By this water our Lord means also his doctrine (teachings), explaining and promising the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit, which proceed from Jesus Christ our fountain, dwelling in our hearts. There is no eternal life without the Spirit; no Spirit without Christ; and no Christ to give the Spirit, without dwelling in the heart: this is what Jesus is saying here. Our desire and cry should be: “Fill us, O Lord!”

The water of which he speaks is a gift which he gives to humanity. It is not given to him, but is his own gift [see Acts 2:38, 39]. He always speaks as the Son of God. He says, "I am the life;" "Come to me, you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest;" "I am the bread of life;" "He who believes on me shall never thirst." He is “the way, the truth, and the life.” He is God’s gift to us! The gift of the Holy Spirit is the Life of Christ in us.

There are millions in this world who are craving the pleasures earthly things provide; but none can match the wondrous treasure that we find in Jesus Christ our Lord. Only He can truly fill us.

To GOD be the glory now and always, in Christ Jesus our Lord! Amen.