What Jesus would say to Florence + The Machine

It's hard to miss the main point of Florence + The Machine’s new single. No less than twenty times she sings the same line.

‘We all have a hunger.’

Florence’s words are mine. If she’s right, then they’re yours too.


Florence is refreshingly honest. She’s hungry in the everyday. In her longing for love. In drugs or on the stage. In giving herself to strangers or trying to find a home.

But her honesty goes one step further. She admits that her search has been hopeless.

But the more I took, the more it took away
And I could never get enough.
We never found the answer but we know one thing
We all have a hunger.


While Florence speaks of her hunger, two-thousand years ago a Samaritan woman spoke of her thirst.

She was lonely, marginalised, ashamed. She’d looked for love in many men and it had left her dissatisfied (John 4:18).

Call it thirst or hunger, she knew exactly what Florence is talking about.

And as she went to the well in the midday heat, she met Jesus. In actual fact, Jesus met her.

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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.” John 4:13-14.

If Florence’s experience of life didn’t satisfy, what Jesus offers does. He offers water for this thirsty woman that will never leave her thirsty again.

Really? What kind of water is that?

The Bread of Life

But the water Jesus talks of is a metaphor for himself. Just as he offers himself as the bread of life to Florence and all of us who hunger (John 6:38).

This bread is the life Florence is looking for.