John 4- The full story of the Samaritan Woman at the well
Most Christians know the story of the woman at the well, but if you don’t, I will give you some background information about the event.
This woman was from the city of Samaria. Jews and Samaritans did not get along; to the Jews, Samaritans were considered unclean. This woman at the well had 5 husbands, and she was shunned from her people. Jesus met this woman at a very important well, Jacob’s Well. This event took place before Jesus made himself publicly known as the Christ.
This is a story that I’ve heard a countless number of times. However, as I was reading the word, I asked God to open my eyes, and something caught my eye.
Around noon time, Jesus was sitting at the well when a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”
Jesus answered her, “If you knew who asked you for a drink, you would have asked me and I would have given you living water.”
I imagine the woman laughing and saying “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well?”
Jesus smiled and replied, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water… I know that the Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I am he.”
Then, the woman believed and left her water jar. She went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?
In the beginning, the woman probably thought that Jesus was a creepy Jew sitting at the well. But as he continues to talk, he tells her about his living water. With this water, it would satisfy her thirsts. This is different from Jacob’s well water. This woman had to come in the heat, every day, to fill her jars up. The water was never enough.
The jars represent our hearts. Just like this Samaritan woman, many of us are filling ourselves with the things of this world: money, relationship, success. And then we find ourselves feeling empty and lonely because nothing seems to completely take away our pain. But, we continue to come back to these things because we don’t know what Jesus has for us.
Let me tell you right now, if this is you and you feel this way, there is Hope. When you finally receive Jesus’s gift of living water, you never have to feel that emptiness. His spirit is more than enough for you.
When the Samaritan finally understands what Jesus had for her, there is something very significant that she does. She leaves her jars and runs to tell the people that the Messiah is here.
This woman was a disgrace to her people, but this didn’t matter to her anymore. She went out to tell the people about Jesus. She did not care what they thought. She left her jars and ran. This is what we should do too. When we truly receive Jesus into our hearts, we leave our sinful hearts and give it all to God. When we do this, we are filled with joy and Jesus’s living water. We don’t care what others think. We tell the world about God’s grace and Love. There is no more need to go back to fill ourselves because we are filled with God’s spirit. We will feel renewed. This is where we find the truth.
TRUE LOVE, TRUE JOY, TRUE PEACE….
…Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.Romans 5:5
…But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.1 Thessalonians 2:4
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame”Romans 10:11
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.John 14:6