Jesus is the Living Water

October 28th, 2018 sermon
By John Ulrich, Senior Pastor

 John 4:1-42

Jesus revealed to Nicodemus (the Rabbi, the clean orthodox Jew of great social standing) that to enter the kingdom of God, you must be born again (Jn. 3:3) of water and the Spirit (Jn. 3:5) by believing in Jesus as Savior (Jn. 3:16).    With the broken, unloved, shamed, isolated Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42), Jesus revealed Himself directly as the forgiving, compassionate Messiah (Jn. 4:26) who stood ready and able to transform her life with acceptance and meaning as He filled her with Himself….God’s gift of Living Water. (Jn. 4:10)

Through the Samaritan woman’s story, we see that Jesus, as the Living Water, challenges us with the moments of our own story of things done to or by us that we might like to rewrite:

I. Let your story make you thirsty.

Jesus discovers the Samaritan woman surprisingly getting water from a well at high noon, the hottest part of the day, and all alone. She was an outcast both as a heretical Samaritan (1/2 Jew & 1/2 Gentile) and as a social misfit with no husband, although she had known 5 men (Jn.3:15-18). Amazingly, this woman clearly understands that Jesus’ Living Water is more than drinking water and relates to a spring of water in our inner most being, leading to eternal life.  Then, she goes beyond just understanding to actually request the Living Water (Jn.4:11-14)

II. Let Jesus heal your story.

The Samaritan woman was offered Living Water, even when Jesus already knew of her broken condition as an outcast with no respectable husband.  Although it must have hurt her deeply to hear Jesus openly reveal her disrepute, with compassion and forgiveness He also helped her to own her own shame, and walk past it in His love and forgiveness to begin a life of freedom and cleanliness with His Living Water within her.  He is the Savior she was waiting for. (Jn.4:26)

III.  Let Jesus flow through your story.

By owning her own broken story and turning to Jesus, the Samaritan woman models for us how Jesus transforms/changes us into His own image as we allow His Living Water to spring up in us.  No longer with identity of an outcast, but instead as a beloved person who “worship(s) the Father in Spirit and in truth” (Jn.4:23,24), the Samaritan woman shares HER life story with her community (Jn.4:29,30,39-42) which draws many other Samaritans to believe in the Living Water of Jesus.

May we no longer be defined by the pain we have experienced or that we have inflicted.  Through the story of the Samaritan woman, Jesus teaches us that He already knows our brokenness, even our sin, and stands ready to offer us a limitless supply of love, acceptance, forgiveness, and true joy.   Our part is to hold a continuing conversation with God to expose and own our problematic issues, and continually turn them over to God for His Living Water to wash over us: cleansing, calming, daily empowering us to be the loved and joyful person He made us to be.

Discussion Questions

  1. Are you still thirsty for MORE in your life? Ever feel alone or on the sidelines of Christianity even though you are a believer with your mind? What’s the next step(s) to experiencing this something MORE that deeply satisfies and overflows like Living Water???
  2. Share in your small groups, the stories of how Christ’s healing waters have flowed over your life….in the past, recently.
  3. Of all religions, what is unique about the Christian response to guilt, shame, and regret?
  4. Why did Jesus tell the woman at the well…her own story? To shame, judge, or what else?
  5. For meditation or sharing: What is Jesus as Messiah calling you to look at with honesty in your life?  In your own mind, what defines you most…His Living Water or your own issues?
  6. Who is a Samaritan in you life? Are you intentionally looking for “well” opportunities to share His Living Water?

Introduction

There are some sermons or lessons that you just wish you could un-write, that you could do over. I remember when I was in my first year of ministry I was teaching a large class of young married couples. We were going through the book of John. The Sunday before I thought I had hit it out of the park. It felt like I was engaging. They laughed at my jokes. I was convicting. It was so convicting that at one point someone came in late while I was teaching and whispered to someone “Is this seat saved?” They said “No, but it’s under conviction.” That’s how good I thought it was!

Well the next Sunday as I got up to teach, my experience was very different. I don’t remember what the specific passage was or what point I thought I was going to make. I just remember the feeling that this was NOT going the way I thought it would go! As I taught, it didn’t seem that I had anything funny or clever to say. The passage seemed very simple, and I felt very powerless.

It felt like people were not engaged at all, and by the time I was done I just wanted to crawl into a hole. I remember thinking as I closed in prayer “I really wish I could un-write that lesson and start all over again.” Now that is really a tiny, tiny example that was really inconsequential, but I mention it because it makes a larger point. There are some things in your life that you want to un-write.

Well, let me ask you a question today: Is there something in your life, some piece of your story,  that you wish you could un-write? Is there a part of your past that you wish had never ever happened? Maybe it’s a wound, a tragedy that happened to you that had big consequences for the way you view the world. Maybe that tragedy defines you, and in the quiet hours of the day  you wish it had never happened. Or maybe it’s a choice. Maybe you faced a moment and you made a decision that had bigger consequences than you ever dreamed possible., and you wish you could take that choice back. Maybe the moment you would like to un-write is in a relationship. Maybe you did something, and a valued relationship took a big turn for the worse. Or maybe there’s a relationship that hurt you so bad, you wish it had never happened at all. Or maybe that moment is a sin. Maybe you did something that you knew was wrong. You thought you were going to get away with it. It didn’t seem like anyone would find out. You were just sure it wouldn’t matter in the long run. But it does. Now it’s part of what defines you. You can’t get away from it, and now every time you think of it, it makes you cringe. Kind of like my little lesson, you wish you could just un-write that moment of your life. We all have moments that we wish we could un-write.

Well, today we are continuing in our series called “More than just a Nice Guy.” This is a series where we are going through the gospel of John and looking at some of the word-pictures John uses to describe Jesus. So far, John has described Jesus using images like the Word of God, the Temple, the real Rabbi, and last week as the Messiah.

Today, we are going to look at John 4 this story that Kelley just read about a woman that met Jesus by a well a woman who had parts of her story that were painful, parts she wished she could un-write. Today, Jesus is going to introduce himself to her in this beautiful story as the Living Water. He’s going to introduce himself as the water that will satisfy her thirst for forgiveness and meaning and acceptance. He’s going to introduce himself as the water that goes beyond washing away the moments she would like to un-write to transforming those moments into moments that give life to others.

It’s an amazing story. Today as we talk about it, we’re going to see that Jesus as the Living Water relates not just to her story but to our stories as well. Today, we are going to look at her story in three parts as it unfolds:

  1. The thirst for living water
  2. The provision of living water
  3. The Result of living water.

In each part, we are going to see something that Jesus, as the Living Water, challenges us to do with the moments of our story that we would like to unwrite.

My prayer today is just this: That each of us will recognize the Living Water that Jesus offers, the Living Water that he has given to us if we belong to him, and that we will drink deeply of it again and again as Christ transforms our stories and transforms us into his image. We’re going to look at this story in three parts, and each part calls us to do something with our story and with the Living Water Jesus offers. So let’s begin with the first part of this woman’s story, and the first part calls us to do this:

Let Your Story Make You Thirsty

Let the broken places in your story, the places that you would rather un-write, make you thirsty for living water. Let’s look at this story. There’s a lot of detail in this passage. Let’s look at the story and, I think, you’ll see what I mean.

Our story starts when Jesus realizes that he is on the radar of the Pharisees. You may remember from last week that Jesus was baptizing a lot of people in the Judean countryside, the area surrounding the city of Jerusalem. He had so many people coming to him that he was baptizing more than John the Baptist, the greatest prophet that ever lived! That was fine with John. That’s what John wanted! It was fine with Jesus. Jesus wanted followers. But Jesus knew that it would not be fine with the Pharisees. They wanted to be the most popular religious leaders in Israel, and Jesus knew there would be trouble as soon as they realized how popular he was becoming. So as soon as Jesus knew that he was on the Pharisees radar, he left the southern part of Israel, where the Pharisees were in charge, and started the hundred mile walk north to his hometown in Galilee. So Jesus is headed North to Galilee. Let’s pick up the story in verse 4:

Now he had to go through Samaria.

Judea is in the South Galilee is in the North  Samaria is in-between so he had to go through Samaria to get home.

So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

– John 4:4-6

So Jesus is going through Samaria. He comes to Sychar, a town in the south of Samaria. It’s the sixth hour, about noon, just coming on the hottest part of the day. The disciples aren’t with him, because they’ve gone to town. Jesus sits down by a famous well, called Jacob’s well, that is about half a mile outside of town to rest when he sees something that is very, very surprising:

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water,

– John 4:7a

He sees a Samaritan woman coming to the well to draw water. Now that might not stick out to us, but that is surprising for two big reasons. First, this is the hottest part of the day. The well,  which is still in existence today, is a good half mile from the town. Nobody walks to the well in the hottest part of the day. You go at morning or evening in the cool of the day. Second, this is surprising because she’s all alone. That’s unusual! Anybody who’s ever lived in a community where there’s a single water source can tell you that drawing water is a communal, group activity! You don’t do it alone! It’s the time when you greet your friends and make sure everyone is OK and catch up on the village news. But here was this woman at the well completely alone in the heat of the day. It was surprising. But now it’s Jesus’ turn to do something surprising:

Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 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.)

– John 4:7b-9

Jesus is asking the woman for a drink. It’s important to understand that Jesus is asking her for a drink, not because he’s too lazy to get it himself or because she’s a woman and should serve all men. He’s asking her for a drink, because the disciples have gone to town and they’ve taken all the gear with them. This well, which is still in operation today, is over 100 feet deep. He’s not going to reach over and get a drink with his hand, so he’s just asking her for a little help.

But it’s not the request for help that’s so surprising. What’s surprising is this: He’s a Jewish man,  and she is a Samaritan woman. That was a big deal. The Samaritans were a people that lived between Judea, which was Jewish, and Galilee which was also Jewish. But the Samaritans were not exactly Jewish. They were half Jew/half Gentile. They were the result of Jewish people that had gone against God’s instruction and interbred with their Assyrian invaders in 8th century BC. They were their own thing: They had their own temple, which was not in Jerusalem where God said it should be . They rejected all of the Old Testament except the first five books Genesis-Deuteronomy. They didn’t accept any of the Prophets, like Isaiah or Jeremiah. They were looking for the Messiah, but they didn’t accept any prophets as valid.

So to the average Jew, Samaritans were heretics and the ultimate sellouts. They were more despised than even the Gentiles. The Jews taught that even the dishes of Samaritans, like the water-jug this woman would give Jesus to drink from, were religiously unclean. So you can see why this woman is surprised that Jesus is talking to her at all, let alone asking to drink from her cup. It was a surprise.

Now what follows is a kind of confusing conversation between Jesus and this woman about Living Water. Part of what makes it confusing is that, at first, this woman thinks that Jesus is talking about normal H2O type water. Because in the original language, the words “Living Water” also meant “running water,” like water from a stream, as opposed to stagnant water from a well. What makes it even more confusing is that even though Jacob’s well is a well it has an underground stream of running water through the bottom of it! So at first, she can’t tell whether Jesus is talking about a river or the well or something else! The woman has just asked Jesus why he, being a Jewish man, would ask her for a drink:

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God (which is actually what the Jews called the Old Testament) 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.”

– John 4:10-14

Now that is a strange conversation! Lots of misunderstandings. It’s like a guy I met in Zimbabwe whose name was literally “It doesn’t matter.” Can you imagine our conversation? What is your name? It doesn’t matter. No, really tell me! It doesn’t matter. No, I mean it! It doesn’t matter.  This conversation is kind of like that, isn’t it? At this point, we really aren’t sure how much this woman understands about what Jesus is saying, because this is a confusing conversation. So we’re not exactly clear how much she understands about “Living Water.”

What she does understand is two things. First, whatever Jesus is talking about is more than just drinking water. She suspected that early on because she asks Jesus if he’s greater than Jacob. That really doesn’t have anything to do with drinking water. But by the time we get to the end of verse 14, this is clearly something more than drinking water. Look at what Jesus says about it. Whatever it is it can permanently satisfy your thirst in some way. It’s inside of you. You carry it with you. It bubbles up, and it relates to eternal life. So she clearly knows that it relates to more than just drinking water. She knows one more thing: This water can help her with her story. Look at what the woman says:

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 4:15

Did you notice the reason she wants what Jesus offers? It’s not just so that she won’t be thirsty. It’s “So I won’t have to keep coming here to draw water.” In the Greek, it doesn’t even say water. It says “So I won’t have to keep coming to this place.” John hasn’t told us everything about the woman yet, but we do know this: She coming to the well by herself in the heat of the day. She is a social outcast. There is a piece of her story that dominates her. It defines her friendships. It determines the timetable of her days and nights. This piece of her story means that every day at high noon she has to take that walk of shame. It’s a piece that she would rather un-write. It makes her thirsty for whatever this Jewish man who would take the time to be kind to her, to see her as a person and drink from her water-jug, and talk to her. It makes her thirsty for whatever he has to offer.

Can I ask you a question today? Do you have a piece of your story that defines you, a piece that you would say “If only it weren’t for that thing I did or that thing that happened to me or that addiction or that part of my past or the way my body is made, if only it weren’t for that, I could really live. I could really serve God. I could really know joy and acceptance?”

Is that you? If it is, let your story make you thirsty, because Jesus offers you Living Water, a limitless supply of life-giving, thirst-quenching, acceptance-delivering, joy-imparting water springing up from your inmost being and giving eternal life to you and those around you. Don’t you want that? Let your story make you thirsty for it, because it doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter what wound or choice or ruined relationship or sin you carry Jesus offers it to you!

That’s one of the main points John is making. It doesn’t matter who you are! Think about who Jesus is talking to here! Do you remember in chapter 3 when Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, the Jew, the Politician, the Pharisee, the exemplary Rabbi of all Israel? Remember that? John is telling us this story, because this woman is the polar opposite of Nicodemus. Everything he was she was not. Nicodemus was a man in a man’s world. She was a woman. Nicodemus was a Jew. She was from a people that the Jews despised. Nicodemus had great social standing. This woman had zero social standing. It wasn’t that she was trying to be popular, but couldn’t make it. She had given up trying. It was too painful to be around people. Nicodemus was an educated Rabbi. She was a commoner. Nicodemus was clean and orthodox in every way. Not only was she a Samaritan, but she was a female Samaritan. Just a few years after this, Rabbis like Nicodemus would formally decree what they commonly taught at this time: That all Samaritan women were to be regarded as perpetually on their cycle and unclean. Everything that Nicodemus had going for him was against her. But can I point something out? Jesus is twice as gentle with her as he is with Nicodemus. He reveals more truth to her than he does to Nicodemus.

It doesn’t matter who you are! Jesus offers you this living water, today and every day, a limitless supply of love, and acceptance, and forgiveness, and joy. You can drink deeply every time your story makes you thirsty. (1) Let your story make you thirsty. The second part of the story teaches us this:

Let Jesus Heal Your Story

Now Jesus’ next words in this story are very important. I want you to notice that what he says here isn’t just a conversation starter or a change in topic. It is a response to the woman’s request. She has just asked for Living Water, and Jesus is about to give her a massive dose. He’s about to speak the only words that will truly give her life. Look at verse 16. 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

With that Jesus hit the nail on the head. This was the organizing principle of her life. This was the regulator of her days. It was the reason she had come to this well, not in the cool of the day like the other wives but at high noon. She didn’t have, hadn’t had a normal, respectable husband.

“I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands (or men), and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

– John 4:17-18

That must have hurt. That must have really, really hurt. This wasn’t some bigoted, holier than thou, sideways slap at her ethnicity. This got right down to who she really was. She was sleeping with a man who wasn’t her husband. Was this the biggest sin in her life? I don’t know. I don’t know exactly how God sees all that, but it was the sin that defined her. It was the reason she was coming to the well in the middle of the day. In that society, she was an outcast because of this sin.

Here this guy, who had seemed to be so engaging so non-judgmental, this guy that no one in town knew and that she didn’t think knew her, puts his finger on the one thing in her life that she would most like to hide! She was a woman with a reputation. Based on the wording John uses and history, she was most likely not actually married to the five men she had been with. The way she lived would have been seen as wrong by the community, and it was wrong. She knew better. Jesus knew that she knew better.

This had to hurt. But Jesus won’t let her go past it. He’s going to take out the thing she is most ashamed of 30 seconds into their relationship, and he’s going to say “Let’s talk about this.” He puts her shame, her sin, right between her and the living water he has offered her. He says “I can’t give you this until we talk about your situation.”

Maybe you’re in that place. Maybe you have a shameful thing that you don’t want to talk about. Jesus is going to put that between you and living water. He’s going to say “Let’s talk about it.” It had to hurt. Probably one of the most courageous things that woman ever did was to continue her conversation with Jesus. I want you to think about something: Why would Jesus do this? It seems almost cruel. It was painful. It took courage on her part. Why would he do this?

Here’s the reason: Now she’s free. She’s free. Because add it up: The one who offered her living water ALREADY knew about her greatest shame, and he offered it anyway. She no longer has to worry about “OK, he accepted me, but if he found out.” There’s nothing more to find out. She’s free. On the other side of that painful conversation was living water.

Maybe you’re here today, and you have a source of shame like that, a moment or period in your life that gives you great pain. Jesus is standing here waiting to deal with that once for all. On the other side of that conversation, on the other side of you owning it before God and throwing yourself on his mercy, is Living Water. Think about it: What would it be like to never thirst for forgiveness again? Don’t you want to be free? That’s why we talk about sin around here! You say “I don’t like talking about sin!” No one does, but there’s Living Water on the other side of that conversation.

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

– John 4:19-20

How should she respond to Jesus’ comment? Try to deny it? Make a counter accusation? Cry so he would stop? Or just pick another new time to come to this stupid well, that was the source of so much pain?  What do you say when someone has named your shame so clearly? She decides to own it. Having heard the accusation against her, having been exposed, she makes no argument. She simply looks down, smiles sadly, and says “I do believe that you are a prophet.” This was an ironic statement for a Samaritan to make. Remember Samaritans didn’t believe in prophets! But this woman knows a prophet when she sees one.

Now she goes on to ask Jesus a question about where people should worship. At first, it might sound like she is trying to sidetrack Jesus, throw out a theological red herring so that she can avoid any more talk about her sin. But I don’t think that’s what’s going on. She asks whether people are supposed to worship in Jerusalem, where the Jews said people should worship or at Mt. Gerazim where Samaritans said they should worship. I think what she’s really asking Jesus is  “What kind of prophet are you?” Are you the kind who is going to tell us to worship, like the Jews, or the kind who is going to tell us to worship like the Samaritans?

Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

– John 4:21-24

She asks “Which kind of prophet are you?” Are you inviting Jews or Samaritans? Jesus’ response is that he is neither kind of prophet. Technically, the Jews were correct about the Temple, and they knew more about God, because they had accepted all of the Old Testament. But Jesus is not looking for Samaritan worshippers. He’s not looking for Jewish worshippers. He’s looking for spiritual worshippers, people who truly follow God with all their hearts. So he’s not asking her to be a Jew or a Samaritan, but a true worshipper. And because Jesus senses that that is what she is, the conversation continues:

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

– John 4:25-26

And with that, this blessed woman, this beautiful sister, receives the living water that Jesus said he could give her. Jesus has helped her to see two things very clearly. First, she needs a Savior. She has broken places, painful places, sinful places in her story. She is not enough to fix them. She needs a Savior. Secondly, he is that Savior. He’s not here to testify to the Messiah, like the other prophets. he is the Messiah. He is the Savior that she has been waiting for.

That’s how Jesus healed the woman’s story. Whatever your story is, you could have Living Water today. It’s that simple. Know that you need a Savior and know that Jesus is that Savior and tell him. Pray to him and talk to him about your sin and about his Salvation.

(1) Let your story make you thirsty, (2) Let Jesus heal your story. Now there’s one more part to this woman’s story that we can’t miss. After Jesus reveals himself as Messiah to this Samaritan woman, his disciples return from town and have a beautiful theological discussion with Jesus about sharing the gospel. We won’t take time to look at the details of that today, but I do want us to look at the rest of the woman’s story because it teaches us to do a third thing with the Living Water that Jesus offers us and with our stories. That third thing is this:

Let Jesus Flow Through Your Story

Let’s just read the rest of the woman’s story. After Jesus revealed himself to the woman as Messiah, the Disciples returned and began to speak to Jesus. Notice what the woman does:

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

– John 4:28-30

Then John continues in verse 39:

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

– John 4:39-42

Notice some things about the rest of this woman’s story with me. First, notice that what happens here is exactly what Jesus said would happen. It’s exactly what he promised. He promised the woman that he could give her living water, water that would spring up out of her inmost being  and bubble up into eternal life, water that couldn’t be contained.

When I read that, I have this image in my mind of Marc Mailand. Several weeks ago when Marc and Jessica were moving out of their apartment, a pipe broke while Marc was unhooking his washing machine. The water started bubbling up flowing from the pipe’s inmost being! The maintenance guy wouldn’t answer his phone, so Marc got to spend several hours holding the pipe and mopping up the mess all at once. Marc, I don’t know if that felt like living water or death water, but that’s kind of what Jesus is talking about here: This water can’t be contained,  and it’s flowing out of this woman to give eternal life to herself and other people.

That’s exactly what Jesus promised. I also notice the total transformation of the woman. Did you see that? This woman who went to such great lengths to avoid interaction with the people of Sychar, this woman who came to the well in the heat of the day just so she wouldn’t have to be around them and face their judgment, now leaves her water jar and runs full speed back to the very people she has avoided, the very people who judged her, because she has experienced something amazing and has incredible news for them! She’s the opposite of her old self! Jesus has completely transformed her.

Finally, notice what the woman shares with people to bring them to Jesus. This might slip past us when we first read the story, but it’s actually very significant. Notice what the woman says when she gathers the townspeople. She doesn’t say “Come see a man who has finally solved the Temple question.” She doesn’t say “Come see a man who can explain everything theologically.” What does she say in verse 29 and in verse 39? “Come see a man who told me  what? Everything that I ever did.” Do you know what she’s doing? She’s telling her story HER story with its ugly and broken parts, Her story with the parts that she had wished she could un-write. Because the only thing she and Jesus spoke about that SHE DID was the part of her story that brought her shame. But Jesus healed it. And now that’s the very thing she is talking about with people she didn’t want to be around before! She has been completely set free. She has been transformed. And now Jesus, as the Living Water, hasn’t just washed her story away. He is now flowing through her story.

Jesus can transform your story. He can take those parts you wish you could un-write and expose them to living water and transform them from moments of shame and brokenness to demonstrations of his wonderful grace, because Jesus is more than just a nice guy. He is the Living Water. So let your story make you thirsty, let Jesus heal your story through confession and faith,  and let Jesus flow through your story.