The Woman at the Well
John 4:3-4, 6-7 “He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee. For he must needs go through Samaria.
Now Jacobs’s well was there, Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.”
Why is the woman at the well important?
Because she came to the well when no one was around, because of what she was; and yet sought Truth from this Jewish stranger that was there, even though she was what she was.
“Why do you a Jew ask a drink of me, a Samaritan?”
It seemed a simple question, for the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans, thinking them defiled.
Christ Jesus came to save all those who would believe and receive His life. So, instead of pressing His right to a drink again; Jesus speaks to her about “living water”.
If you had known Who asked you, you would have asked of Him, living water, so that you never have to thirst again. (John 4:10, 13-14)
Her reply was very practical: “Give me that water so I won’t have to come and draw from this well.”
So Jesus brings her a step further toward real life: “Go get your husband.”
Would she tell the truth?
She replied, “I have no husband”.
“…Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”
What would she do now? Run away? Spit on Him? Throw water on Him?
But instead she considered the truth, instead of her feelings; and spoke to this man, now, of worship. Of what was right, in God sight.
“Were they right to worship in this mountain, as their fathers did? Or were the Jews right in saying Jerusalem was the only place to worship God?”
Odd conversation for a woman who had been looking for satisfaction elsewhere.
Jesus answer was of the future; after He was crusified and risen again:
To worship God would be in Spirit and in truth.
Right here, could have been a problem; if she did not really want the truth.
(Maybe this was what she had been searching for in those 5 husbands she’d had.
But to want the truth, generally, and to face the truth for yourself is two different things.)
Yet, here again, she does not back away from getting the truth, getting that living water; even when it came to what He would say about herself.
John 4:25-26 “The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will teach us all things.
Jesus saith unto her, I that speaketh unto thee am he.”
Jesus had revealed Himself to very few people; but to this woman who wanted the truth, He did.
How this shows us the great value the Lord Jesus puts on Truth, and truth seeking.
(John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
When truth is faced, grace is always given)
Afraid of people, and how they treated her, brought her to the well, and Jesus; but the truth sent her into town to tell all that she would meet about the Man who was, she thought, the Messiah.
John 4:29 “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”
By her witness, many came to believe on Jesus, too:
John 4:39-42 “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified , He told me all that ever I did.
So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
And many more believed because of his own word.
And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
What of us? How much do we value the truth, especially for ourselves?
Have we hidden lives we do not want to admit to?
Have we doctrine that we adhere to, and that is enough?
The truth is that everyone who comes to Jesus can find the water of life…real satisfaction and know for themselves that He is the Savior of the world.