…Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well, It was about the sixth hour.
One of my favorite stories from Jesus’ ministry is found in John 4 with the Samaritan woman at the Well.
In John 4:13-14, Jesus said, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 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.”
This is a great picture of the redemption waters that cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It is also a great picture of the baptismal waters of the Holy Spirit that Jesus preached about in John 7:37-39:
“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.”
Even at the outset of John’s account we get a prophetic glimpse of the significance of the woman at the well. How wonderful is the Father’s timing! The significance of God’s timing with this event portrays to us again the Holy Spirit in salvation and Holy Spirit baptism. John said this meeting with the woman at the well took place at the sixth hour. Two other times we see in the New Testament the sixth hour mentioned: At Jesus’ crucifixion and in Acts 10 when Peter had a vision of his ministry to the Gentiles. We find in Acts 10 that Cornelius and those gathered at his home were baptized in the Holy Spirit—even while Peter was still preaching.
Today, Jesus bids you to come and drink from His waters of salvation and of Holy Spirit baptism. Many times, believers freely accept the necessity of drinking the waters of salvation, but we neglect to realize those same waters bring us into the Holy Spirit baptism. The same Holy Spirit involved in salvation, is the same Holy Spirit that is calling you deeper into these waters of liquid love—the baptismal waters of the Holy Spirit.
Here’s some of what Matthew Henry said regarding John 7:37-39:
How he gave this invitation: Jesus stood and cried, which denotes, (1.) His great earnestness and importunity. His heart was upon it, to bring poor souls in to himself. The erection of his body and the elevation of his voice were indications of the intenseness of his mind. Love to souls will make preachers lively. (2.) His desire that all might take notice, and take hold of this invitation. He stood, and cried, that he might the better be heard; for this is what every one that hath ears is concerned to hear. Gospel truth seeks no corners, because it fears no trials. The heathen oracles were delivered privately by them that peeped and muttered; but the oracles of the gospel were proclaimed by one that stood, and cried. How sad is the case of man, that he must be importuned to be happy, and how wonderful the grace of Christ, that he will importune him! Ho, every one..Isaiah 55:1
We ought to drink freely of these waters given liberally. Let them overflow out of your heart so that you too might stand and cry to those who are in drought, “If anyone is thirsty…” You might find yourself today sitting with someone who needs a drink of eternal waters.