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Change Always Begins with Hope

February 6, 2017

Video Notes:

“Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)

Notice where Jesus begins this conversation: There are great thirsts in your soul—a sense of looking for something more than you have found in your life—a sense of longing, hungering, and thirsting.

Jesus speaks of “a spring of water” that is a source of joy and satisfaction. Jesus gives this water: “The water that I will give him…” This source of joy and satisfaction can actually be in you: “in him.” And this joy and satisfaction that Jesus gives will never end: “It will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”



Notice that Jesus speaks to [the Samaritan] woman’s thirsts before he confronts her sins. Our Lord approached different people in different ways, and where people were arrogant he often approached them quite differently, but I think it is significant that with this woman, who is far from the truth, he does not begin with her sins but with her thirsts.

No one turns from their sins unless they have hope of something better. So Jesus begins by laying out the better that lies ahead. The prodigal son said, “I will return to my father; perhaps he will make me one of his hired servants” (Luke 15:18, 19, author’s paraphrase).

If the prodigal son had known that when he returned, the father would run to meet him, put a robe on his back, a ring on his finger, and kill the fattened calf for a meal to celebrate the son’s return, he would surely have come back sooner!

Giving up your sin becomes possible when you know what God has in store for you. When you know that God’s grace is waiting for you, you will feel free to confess your sins. Otherwise, you may just hold onto it. When you know that forgiveness is there for you, you will be drawn to return to the Father.

Change always begins with hope, and there is marvelous hope here! Your life can be more than it has been! Here is a joy and satisfaction that can be yours. Jesus Christ can give this joy to you, and he is ready to do so.

Taken from Pastor Colin’s sermon “He Knows You Completely.”


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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