Jesus And The Woman At The Well (For Today)
The Woman at The Well (John 4:1-42)
If you are or have ever been considered an outcast, this story is for you. The woman Jesus met at Jacob’s well was a Samaritan (from Samaria). The nation of Israel considered Samaritans as outcasts and were not to associate with them. Another disadvantage the woman had was that she was doing whatever she could to fulfill her need to be loved. She kept failing with the men she brought into her life. She was looking for love “in all the wrong places.”
Many men and women today fall into the same trap. They are insecure and wind up in unhealthy relationships and friendships. (This was so me.) They are looking for love “in all the wrong places.”
This woman was about to meet Jesus, who was the only man capable of fulfilling her need to be loved and accepted. I can picture Jesus smiling with delight as the outcast Samaritan woman approached the well. He was thinking, “Here comes my daughter.”
The woman used wisdom when Jesus requested she give Him a drink of water from the well. The woman knew not to associate with a Jew. However, she had an open heart for God. This is obvious as she engaged Jesus in spiritual discussion, though she was yet to understand who Jesus was.
Jesus challenged her heart with an excellent statement. The woman was ready to receive what Jesus offered. John 4:10 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.” A stirring occurred within this woman that this “living water” Jesus was referring to was to cool the dryness of her heart. She became further convinced when Jesus advised her that He was the “living water.” The outcast woman responded eagerly to Jesus’ invitation. John 4:15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”
Their next exchange took her deeper into the heart of Jesus. The approach Jesus undertook with the woman is the same approach He undertakes with each of us. He wants us to know that He understands the deepest needs and pains of our heart. More importantly, Jesus offers a solution Himself, The Living Water of God.
Jesus understands the deepest pains and needs of your heart.
Jesus offer a solution – Himself,
The Living Water of God.
Jesus shows us hope beyond our present situations as He had shown the woman at the well. Once Jesus reveals that He is our hope and fulfillment, then He will address areas in our lives that require His action. He wants to clean out those dark areas of sin in our heart. Jesus uses the same gentle, convincing way as He used with the woman at the well. He showed the woman that He knew she had five husbands and was currently involved in an ungodly relationship with another man.
Unlike some Christians of today who rebuke their brethren when God is trying to correct them through their brethren, this woman fortunately did not rebuke Jesus with, “Who are you to judge me?” No! She accepted the truth Jesus spoke about her life. She responded with grace because her heart saw something in Jesus that she had been searching for. She needed the unconditional love and acceptance of God. She found it in Jesus. She accepted Jesus as Messiah, Lord, and Savior. She illustrated Jesus’ quote of what a true, genuine worshipper of God is. John 4:23-24 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Do you see the real God in Jesus? Do you see His gentleness and tenderness in speaking with you? You and I are very similar to the Samaritan woman, with deep hidden pain, fear, and anger. Are you searching and seeking for God the way she did? If not, I pray you place yourself often in this story. The Samaritan woman found all she needed in Jesus. She found “love in the right place.” So can you. The Samaritan woman was fulfilled in Jesus. So can you be.
One thing that usually occurs is that the way you are attracted to Jesus, others will see something hopeful in you. They will become attracted to you. Actually, though, they will be attracted to Jesus in you, as the other Samaritan villagers were first attracted to the changed woman and then to Jesus.
What a marvelous life Jesus offers! What a magnificent testimony! What a confirmation of the intimate touch of Jesus for each person! When you reach out to Him, Jesus will touch your heart exactly where you need it touched.