The Woman at the Well
I have heard many messages about the “woman at the well” and how she encountered Jesus, this is in John 4. The woman is at the well, she’s a Samaritan, Jesus is a Jew; He’s not even supposed to talk to her. In John 4:9 the Bible says, “….for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.”
Not only does Jesus talk to her, He knows everything about her. I can really relate to this woman at the well. I have been the woman at the well, needing a drink of that “living water” I’m so grateful that He saw fit to save one like me.
Most preachers make this woman sound like a “slut”, a “loose woman” someone that sleeps around, “a whore”, someone that can be used and really someone not worthy of love or being loved. How awesome that Jesus loves her!
I heard one message that touched my heart so much, I just cried through it, (if you know me, it’s not hard for me to cry through a message but I hunger for truth and good preaching) This preacher did not grow up in a Christian home, he didn’t even know who his father was. He had a very different take on the woman at the well. The woman at the well was like his mom, and I just thought, Lord Jesus, the woman at the well was like me.
What if she was a good woman seeking a man who would truly love her? What if every time she connected with a man, she thought this one would do the things that he promised her he would do? What if she believed all the lies she was told because she was afraid to be alone? What if she was a good woman with a genuine desire to be loved by a man that she could trust?
Wow! John 4:4 says, “And he must needs go through Samaria” He had to go through Samaria, maybe it was the opposite direction He was traveling, but he had to go that direction so He could talk to this woman and work His miracles. When I’m reading the Bible, I try to put myself in the place of the people in these stories, oh my, what if I walked up to the well where Jesus was and He asked me to give Him a drink? Can I even imagine? The woman was right there face to face with Jesus! She says that there’s no way to get the water, she doesn’t know what to do, mostly she’s freaking out that He’s even talking to her, He shouldn’t even being acknowledging her much less having a conversation like a friend. He didn’t look down on her even though He knew all about her, He just offered to help her, He’s so good, He’s so loving, He’s so kind. I just think about how He helps me every day, I can’t even explain everything that He does and probably more that I don’t even notice.
Jesus said to her, in John 4:10 “10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water” Then verse 11 “11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?” She is just wondering what He’s even talking about, how often do we have a “limited view” of Jesus? Jesus is ready to do big things but the faith in Him isn’t there…. The woman, still not realizing that she’s talking to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, talks about, asks Jesus, are you better than Jacob?
She does get a drink of that “living water” Praise God!
Have a listen: “Give me a drink” Camden Baptist Church, The Dixons
John 4:13-14 “13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Please let Jesus give you a drink of that “living water”, you’ll never be the same! I can’t say enough about the Grace of God, about the Love of Jesus. Oh how I love Jesus. Praise His Holy Name.