John’s goal in his Gospel is to keep showing us Jesus, so that we would “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing [we] might have life in his name.” (John 20:31) But in order for us to see and know him clearly, we also need to see and know ourselves. We need to better understand our own hearts — our needs, our desires, our sins — in order to truly grasp who Jesus is and why we need him.

Last week, the Gospel of John drove us to ask ourselves, “What is at the center of my life?” (John 3:22-36). This past Sunday, God’s word pushed us toward a similar question: “How am I trying to quench my thirst?”

In John 4 Jesus meets a woman and, as they talk, he shows her things she desperately needs to see about her own heart, and he finally tells her that he is able and willing to address all her needs, desires, and sins. In fact, he is able to give her much more than what her heart is chasing and much more than what all our hearts are chasing.

Here are some questions to help you process and apply the message from last Sunday.      Read the rest of this entry »