John 4:5-26 (ESV)
5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman from 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 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying 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 water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he 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.”
Samaritans were hated by the Jewish people because of their intermarriage to foreigners. In fact, Jews did everything they could to keep from traveling through the country of Samaria even if it meant a longer journey. They certainly did not speak with the Samaritans and especially women! But Jesus went through Samaria on his way from Judea to Galilee because it was the shorter way. He is tired from the trip and stops by Jacob’s well for water. It is noontime, the usual time for rest and a Samaritan woman is drawing water to avoid people who knew her sinful reputation. Jesus does not hesitate to speak with her even ask for a drink. Jesus offers her the living water of eternal life and promises her she will never thirst again. More remarkable Jesus reveals to this woman living in sin he is the long-awaited Messiah. Her life is changed forever.
Have you ever thought, “that person will never come to Jesus” or had someone say “I could never go to church, I have just done too many wrong things” or “God could never love a person like me.”
Tell them the Good News. God sent his son, Jesus for people just like you. Tell them the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. Tell them Jesus loves you and wants you to be a part of his family. Remember God looks at the heart not what we see on the outside. Jesus saw the Samaritan woman’s heart and knew her spiritual hunger. It not only changed her life but a whole town.
God give us eyes to see and a heart to love so that we might share the living water only you can give. Amen