John 4: The Woman At the Well
In John Chapter four, Jesus and his disciples are traveling from Judea to Galilee. On his way, he travelled through a town called Sychar in Samaria. He came to a well that was given to Joseph by his father Jacob. These are both very significant forefathers of Christianity. Jesus, being tired, stopped at a well for some water.
While at this well, he comes across a Samaritan woman. She is never named; However, there is much to learn from her. It was roughly noon, and Jesus asks this woman for a drink. At this time, men do not associate with women. Furthermore, Jews, such as Jesus, do not associate with Samaritans. The woman responds by pointing out the obvious. She is astounded that a a Jewish man is speaking with a Samaritan woman.
Jesus tells her that if she knew the gift of God than she would ask him for a drink and he would give her living water, the Holy Spirit. Being filled with curiosity by the strange statement, she asks if he is greater than Jacob, a significant figure to her understanding what Christianity, then Judaism, was.
The woman asks him for this living water so that she never has to draw water again. She is still unaware of what Jesus is really saying to her. He tells her to go get her husband and come back. This is a dramatic shift. The woman tells Jesus that she does not have a husband. Jesus then reveals himself as more than just a man. He reveals himself as God. He tells her that she correctly said that she has no husband. He tells her that she has had five husbands and is currently living with a man who is not her husband. The woman was astounded and asked Jesus if he was the Messiah that is coming. Jesus tells her that it is so.
The woman runs to the town and tells the whole town that there is a man "told her everything she ever did." The town first believed because of what she said, then went and believed because of what Jesus said.
There are some things that can be inferred about the Woman. You can assume that she was an outcast, being that she was an adulterer and also came to draw water at the hottest part of the day unlike other women who drew in the morning time. Jesus met her in her sin. He didn't wait for her to get married or get her life together. He approached her with love and the ability to meet her needs. It is important to look at the symbolism represented in this passage of scripture.
Every person looks for three things. This was taught to me by my father. People desperately crave hope, help, and worth. Jesus is the only thing provides all three. If you are a Christian, offer that to people the same way that Jesus offered it. If you are not a Christian, quit looking for these things in places that are finite and rest in an infinite God. These decisions are not made lightly. The woman left her water bucket when she ran to the town. She was searching for earthly water and was given the living water or the Holy Spirit. The woman found her hope, help, and worth. Lay down your bucket. Let go of the sin and shame. Jesus can take it. Don't wait to "clean up" because we can never be clean enough to earn salvation. It is a gift from God not a wage from God.
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