As we continue to look at selected passages from Scripture that detail face
to face encounters with Christ we find ourselves at Jacobís well. One of the
most important things we need to sustain life is water. Christ offers us
something better, living water. Greetings in the name of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
It can be hot at the track in the summer and one of the most
welcome sights is a cooler filled with ice cold water. We have seen the
effects of dehydration when we donít drink enough water. I have watched crew
members go into shock and need medical attention because they didnít
properly hydrate themselves. Our passage relays the story of a hot summer
day and the need for water to quench our thirst.
John 4:7-15; When a
Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her,
"Will you give me a drink?" (His disciples had gone into the town to buy
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. )
Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God 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."
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."
There are many things we can
discuss about this conversation. First, Jews and Samaritans didnít get
along; in fact they didnít even talk to each other. I am sure there are some
teams in the pits that have the same kind of relationship. We start to see
the why Jesus had to go through Samaria; he had to start breaking down the
barriers that man had built.
Another thing to look at is the fact that we donít always see
things for what they are. The time of day was noon, the hottest part of the
day. Why would you come to draw water at that hour? Why wouldnít you come in
the morning when it is cool and everyone else comes? Because you donít want
to have to answer the questions about your lifestyle that those people were
asking. We will learn as we continue to examine this passage that this woman
wasnít leading the best life she could.
Another thing to notice is that she didnít expect to meet Jesus at
the well. She really hoped to be alone at the well so when someone was there
she was surprised. When Jesus spoke to her she got defensive. She wasnít
sure who this man was. She also knew she had never seen him before.
Did you notice the question she asked when he offered her a drink?
How can you give me a drink, you donít have anything to draw water with and
the well is deep. Jesus draws from a different well than we do. He doesnít
offer us water from a well, he offers us living water.
Living water restores your soul, cleanses your sin and allows you
to enter into a relationship with God as one of his children. Living water
gives us eternal life in heaven with God.
Let me ask you, are you thirsty? Do you want the forgiveness that
comes through Jesus? Do you want the inheritance that comes with being a
child of God? Accept the offer that Jesus gives, accept the living water.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
HOMEBOUND - Well they say there is
no place like home and this week that has been a welcome place to shake off
the road. It hasnít been without challenges though. On our way back from
Daytona we learned of the death of Lyndaís grandfather. He was 91 and faced
some challenging days ahead, we count it a blessing that he went home to the
Lord before he had to endure some of those difficulties.
Also, we learned of the death of my friendís dad, some of you may
know Franc Motors in Willington, CT. Rick Ostien is the proprietor and his
dadís name was Harry. Rick has helped sponsor local race teams and some of
his mechanics compete at Stafford and Thompson. I am thankful that I was
able to help Rick and his family through this difficult time.
THE RACERíS EXPO - With the vacancy created when
Speedway Expo ceased to exist, Bobby Seymour has put together a little show
up in Marlborough, MA. this weekend for some of the trades connected with
racing in New England.
Bobby invites you to come along if youíre a race driver, mechanic,
team owner or sponsor. Exhibitors from across America will be there to
display their products and answer your questions.
The show will be at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in
Marlborough, MA, just 1 mile west off 495 at the Route 20 exit (Exit #24b).
Admission is free.
I will be there on Friday to see some of you before I head down to
Lansdale, PA for a show at Calvary Baptist Church. We will have the pace car
with us and also the #71 K & N Pro Series car of Grimm Racing. If you are in
the area please stop by and say hello.
We have a few weeks off here before we get back to the track but as
you know that doesnít mean we are standing still. One of the events on the
agenda will be the first of many annual retreats for our RWJM chaplains on
March 19-21. If you want to come and join us in West Springfield let me
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PATTI BETTS - Show horse riding Wife of former Long Island now
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NESTER Q. KRAMER - Riverhead, NY Billy Pauch fan.
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KEN LAVOIE - Massachusetts driver.
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TY DILLON - A son of Welcome, NC NNS driver/ Crew Chief Mike and wife
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TIM STEELE - Coopersville, MI ARCA driver.
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