Take a look at the people around you, and one thing becomes immediately clear. Not a single person is exactly like you. They may have a different skin color or different hair. They may be taller than you, skinnier than you, or even prettier than you. They are likely from a much different background than you as well. They may make more money than you, and they may go to church more often than you do. They may just seem like a much better person across the board. However, in most situations, these differences are the things that really make no difference in the grand scheme of things. Rather, it is the things that we all have in common that really matter most. Things like food or water or shelter. These are things that each person needs regardless of money or stature. These are things that are absolutely necessary to sustain life in each and every person. If you have money but no food, you will die. If you have fame, but no water, you will die. If you have everything this life can offer, but have yet to believe and follow Jesus Christ, you will surely die. At this point, I’m sure you are now saying something like, “oh no! Is this another lesson on salvation?”  And you would be right, it kind of is, but I believe that what John chapters three and four has to say about this subject is so important that it needs to be said over and over again.
The first critical point that we find in these two chapters is the universal need for all humans to believe and follow Jesus. It doesn’t necessarily put it into those words, but essentially, that’s what it is saying. The first person that we see in need of this saving grace is a man by the name of Nicodemus. One important thing that must be realized about Nicodemus is the fact that he is a Pharisee. As a Pharisee Nicodemus would probably have been considered one of the holiest people in all of the land. I mean, if anyone was going to get into heaven by works, it was going to be a Pharisee. However what we see Jesus do here, is quite the opposite. He doesn’t commend Nicodemus for his extensive knowledge of the law or thank him for the work that he does for God. Rather he simply points out what Nicodemus doesn’t have. John 3:5 says, “Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”” This man who knows more about the law of God than any of us ever will, still isn’t enough to enter Gods kingdom. No amount of Good works will ever suffice, he needs to be born again.
In Chapter 4, we are taken to another, very different scene. This time, it is a Samaritan woman standing by a well trying to get a drink. Again, it is important to note the stature of the person that we are dealing with here. Samaritans were basically seen as the lowest of the low in Jewish eyes. These half-breeds weren’t even fit to talk to an average Jewish man, much less the Messiah. To add insult to injury this was also a woman, but not just any woman. It was a woman who had been married to five husbands and was currently living with a man that she was not married to. This woman is basically the exact opposite of Nicodemus. She occupies the lowest rung of society’s ladder and is consumed by a life of sin. If anyone deserves hell, it would be her. But again Jesus challenges every idea that we have about who deserves salvation, and who doesn’t. When we look at this story, all we see is everything that Nicodemus has, and everything that the Samaritan woman lacks. However, when Jesus looks at these two people all he sees is what they lack. His response to the Samaritan woman is the same as his response to the Pharisee. If this Samaritan woman ever wishes to have eternal life, she, just like Nicodemus, must accept the salvation that only Jesus can provide
We are no different than these two examples shown above. You may be the person who has it all together, or you may be the person who is completely broken, but we all share one common need. And that is the need for the living water that only Jesus can provide. This is where the second point from this passage comes in. First, we see that we all are all broken and in need of something that only Jesus can provide. But then we are shown something even more profound. No matter who you are, or what walk of life you come from, God offers this salvation to all, no strings attached. He doesn’t look at what we have, he simply sees what we all need. In the end, we are all the same in Gods’ eyes, and each of us has been offered the amazing gift of eternal life. It is simply up to us to accept what God has already so generously offered up to every single person. What decision will you make? The offer still stands.