But sir,’ replied the woman, ‘you haven’t got a bucket! And the well’s deep! So how were you thinking of getting living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, with his sons and his animals ‘Everyone who drinks this water’, Jesus replied, ‘will get thirsty again. But anyone who drinks the water I’ll give them won’t ever be thirsty again. No: the water I’ll give them will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ ‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘give me this water! Then I won’t be thirsty any more, and I won’t have to come here to draw from the well.’
All direct writings that compare God to “living water” in the Old Testament are in Psalms and the Prophets. Since the Samaritans don’t consider those books the Bible, it shouldn’t be shocking the woman is taking Jesus literally, and thinking only about water. She is not familiar with those passages.
But, Jesus is talking about so much more. He is offering a new way of life. Unlike all the religions and philosophies of the world up until this time, Jesus is uniquely offering life with God no matter what your sex, your geography, your race, your prior religious background. When you come to God through Jesus, the living water, all distinctions are washed away. With Jesus beginning now and for eternity, true life with God is “out of many one.” It isn’t by accident that the ancestors of our country took this as a de facto motto for our nation. E pluribus Unum.
Here is the thing. As a Christian, my sole identity is as a son of God the Father and the subject of my Lord, Jesus. Everything else about me may be a description, but this is not my identity. Jesus comes into the world and breaks the world’s emphasis on what sets us apart, and offers a new life that brings us together with the living water. There is only one answer to what can bring humanity together as one. It has nothing to do with diversity training and using labels for everything. The answer has everything to do with coming to the same living water and drink of it as one.
Why is it attractive to emphasize diversity?