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"Living Water"

living water artwork, the woman at the well painting, Mindi Oaten art, spirit and truth, Jesus collection, Bible paintings


"The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but 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: 11-14


In the dusty, sunlit town of Sychar, Jesus, weary from his journey, rests at Jacob's well. The hour approaches noon, the sun high in the sky, casting short shadows on the ground. As He sits, a Samaritan woman approaches with her water jar, intending to draw water from the ancient well.

The scene unfolds as a vivid illustration of spiritual transformation. Here, at a simple well, Jesus offers more than just a drink; He offers a new life, a transformation from the inside out. The living water He speaks of is the Holy Spirit, the very essence of God that can dwell within us, transforming our hearts, minds, and souls.

The conversation deepens, touching upon matters of worship. Jesus, in His infinite wisdom, reveals, "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks" (John 4:23). He emphasizes the importance of genuine, heartfelt worship, one that goes beyond rituals and customs.

In this tender interaction, Jesus breaks social norms by speaking with a Samaritan woman, revealing the universality of His love and message. The woman, realizing she stands before the Messiah, leaves her water jar behind, her heart filled with a joy and hope that surpasses understanding.



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