What the Bible Says...
So He (Jesus) came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
A little back story before we jump into our passage, Samaritan’s were the lowest of low in Jewish society, they were “those who were not accepted into Judaism when the Jews returned from the Babylonian captivity, because they could not prove the purity of their lineage, who had intermarried with the people brought into the land by the Assyrians, sort of half-breeds, were called Samaritans.”
So it was no surprise that the Samaritan woman was confused when Jesus was asking her to get Him a drink of water. This tells us something about Jesus, He will reach out to any of us that need Him no matter what type of person we are, or what society thinks of us.
Jesus loves us all.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Jesus was speaking of a spiritual thirst and the Samaritan was speaking of a physical thirst. Just like us, so often try to fill up our hearts with things of this world seeking to be satisfied or fulfilled, seeking to stop the aching emptiness of our hearts.
In the end it is only Jesus that will satisfy us. We may deceive ourselves into thinking we are doing okay, but deep down we are longing for more. Deep down we are spiritually dying of thirst, and Jesus is offering to fill us with a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.
Do you feel like you don’t deserve this kind of fulfillment, I mean what if it is our own choices that have left us feeling empty? Keep reading because Jesus is going to address that too.
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
You see, Jesus knew all about this woman at the well and He was offering her eternal life.
We have all made, and will make mistakes, but Jesus still loves us and offers us everlasting life and love—eternity with Him.
“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
So now that we have been given the beautiful gift of God’s merciful love, is it a license to sin?
No, of course not. So then what should our response be?
As Emily P. Freeman says in her book A Million Little Ways…
“The art you and I were born to make is released out of the core of we truly are, where our spirit is joined in union with the Spirit of God. Any movement coming from that place reflects the glory of God. This is our highest purpose and, ultimately our greatest joy.”
The Samaritan woman had been in the presence of God, and when Jesus told her He was the Messiah, it caused her to go and tell others. (She was reflecting the glory of Jesus)
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
In the next section of scripture we are told by Jesus that the fields are white with the harvest.
People are in need of Jesus and we need to tell them, so they can be saved just like the men from the town of the Samaritan woman.
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, "the Savior of the world.”
I really like that it says that they were saved because they believed Jesus' own word, and they saw Him for themselves and were saved.
It takes the pressure off of us to save people, we are not called to save others, but to tell them that the Savior of the world loves them.
So let's shine for Jesus, and let others know that He loves them.
In His Strength,
What is one way you will share the love of Christ this week?