The Samaritan Woman- Finding The Water of Life

thIn John 4, we meet an unnamed Samaritan women with a sordid background. Jesus encountered her when she came to draw water at a well….this encounter changed her whole life!

It was high noon on a hot day and Jesus took a rest from his travels, when a women appeared with clay jar in hand. Jesus made a simple request ” Will you give me a drink?” John 4:7 . The women , perhaps with a little attitude said back to Jesus, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman how can you ask me for a drink?’

She focused on the law, while Jesus focused on grace

Instead of insisting she pour him a drink, the Lord offered her “living water” (John 4:10). Water from the ground was common, but living water? Her interest peaked!

This polite but gutsy woman pointed out the obvious: “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” (John 4:11). Her natural curiosity prompted her to ask questions, as a lot of folks do today. When people ask questions, there is no need to become alarmed. Jesus knows how to handle doubt and disbelief!

To quench her spiritual thirst, the Lord first confessed the truth about plain water: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again” (John 4:13). Then Jesus made a bold promise: “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst” (John 4:14). In one sentence he shifted from everyday life to everlasting life.

Jesus then says “Go get your husband and come back..” This was not an odd request, since women could not converse alone with a man in a public place.

When she confessed, “I have no husband” (John 4:17), Jesus affirmed her answer, then gently exposed her sin: “The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband” (John 4:18). Woah!! Talk about airing dirty laundry!

Five marriages didn’t make her a sinner. Due to warfare, famine, disease, and injury, men in those days dropped like flies. A widow became either a beggar, a prostitute, or another man’s wife. Each time, this Samaritan woman had chosen the best option.

But sharing her bed with a sixth man who wasn’t her husband? That was a sin.

Did she fess up? Nope. She changed the subject.

She talked about worship, Jerusalem, the differences between Jews and Samaritans. Again, we get her evasion. Just like a lot of people…before many know  Jesus as  Savior, if someone steers conversation down a spiritual path, folks will quickly and quietly veer away to something else.

Finally, the woman at the well did her best to shut Jesus down. “When [the Messiah] comes, he will explain everything to us” (John 4:25).

How stunned she must have been at Jesus’ revelation: “I who speak to you am he” (John 4:26). The next moment, the arrival of his followers confirmed his identity and gave the woman time to process the truth: The Anointed One had come!

Overjoyed, she left her water jar and went back into town to urge her neighbors, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:29).

In this day, our response to the Lord should be the same. We should confront our true selves, experience God’s grace, and share the good news. However for many, confronting our TRUE selves is the biggest problem.  Getting past ourselves, getting over ourselves….whew that’s a lot to digest.  So often we let our past failures and our skeletons hold us hostage…

But the freedom that comes from letting ourselves go and focusing on the true and living water! Quenches every thirst, every sinful desire every disappointment!  When we go through , we can come out victorious…There is truly no testimony without a test!

Our testimony brings freedom, when we can say “I once was, but NOW ……look at me NOW!!! That’s where God gets all the glory! Because only HE can turn it!! See only God can meet you where you are and bring you to a matchless level!

Like the Samaritan woman, Peter and John were compelled to share the good news (Acts 4:19–20). What have you seen and heard about Jesus that you’re ready to share with others? What’s your testimony? What has God redeemed you from?

Stephanie

Scriptures to SOAK IN

John 4:5-42

Psalms 42:2

Titus 3:3-7

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