Have you ever felt broken? Are we thirsty for something more?
In this episode of Logos Live, host Robert Martin discusses the brokenness of the world with Tim Curtis (pastor St Jude's Unichurch). Hear Tim's powerful encounter with Jesus through his personal story of brokenness and desperation. A powerful testimony of how Jesus works today.
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Bigger questions asked in the conversation
I thought I’d test you on brokenness, in fact more precisely, ‘expensive art breakages’.
Brokenness - Tim's story
Tim, paintings and vases break, but what about people?
In what way are people ‘broken’?
There was a time in your life when you felt broken. Can you share what happened?
The encounter with Jesus
The story comes from the New Testament book of John, one of the four biographies of Jesus’ life that we have. Here a Samaritan woman has an encounter with Jesus, which changes her life forever.
In John 4:4 we learn that Jesus is travelling with his disciples through Samaria. Tim, now the Samaritans and Jews weren’t exactly the best of friends were they?
Then we see in verses 6 and 7 Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman come to draw water from a well.
John specifically records this encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the 6th hour, which is noon, the middle of the day. What is the significance of this woman drawing water by herself in the middle of the day?
How do you relate to this woman?
Do you think it’s significant that Jesus, a Jewish religious man, speaks with her?
Jesus then turns the question around and says in verse 10,
“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.”
What does Jesus mean by this?
What is ‘living water’?
Then the woman is understandably surprised but doesn’t quite understand. She misses the double meaning of ‘living water’. And presses him and Jesus continues and explains more in verse 13.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 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.”
What is Jesus offering here?
After the woman asks for this water, Jesus suddenly changes the subject and asks the woman to call her husband. To which she says in verse 17, ‘I have no husband’. Why do you think Jesus suddenly changes the subject from living water to her history with men?
The great tennis champion Boris Becker once said, ‘I had won Wimbledon twice, I was rich, I had all the material possessions I needed. It is the old song of movie stars and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything, and yet they are so unhappy. But I had no inner peace’.
Was Boris Becker thirsty?
How does Jesus satisfy this thirst?
How does your encounter with Jesus resonate with the encounter of this Samaritan woman?
How can the lessons from this woman’s encounter change our lives?
The Big Question
How can Jesus change the brokenness of our lives?