The Samaritan woman at the well tells a story about a broken woman. Aside from being a Samaritan woman that positioned her in the lower class, this woman’s lifestyle choices also caused rejection within her community. But Jesus looked past all of these drawbacks to her personhood when he met her at Jacob’s well.
As a Jew, Jesus did the unthinkable by asking this Samaritan woman to draw Him some water. Confused by the encounter, she listened to this Jewish man talk about a ‘living water’. The Samaritan woman became intrigued with ‘the living water’ and desired to drink of it. ‘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.) 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.” 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? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 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.” 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.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”’ John 4:9-20.
The scriptures reveal that this woman believed in the coming of the promised deliverer. ‘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.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”’ John 4:25-26. We sense her urgency to tell others about this event, ‘So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him.’ John 4:28-30.
She proudly proclaimed what Christ revealed to her. Because she was courageous and brave to tell others about Jesus, her testimony led others to Christ. ‘Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”’ John 4:39-42
The Samaritan women did not let fear get in her way of telling others about her encounter with Christ. She didn’t let the shame of her position in life stop her from spreading the news of Jesus. She knew the importance of this event. She understood the amazing gift she’d been given. She wanted to give others the opportunity to know Christ and experience His greatness.
The Samaritan woman provides a great example of faith. Her courage and urgency to share about Jesus shows the amazing power that God instills in His believers. May we share the good news of Christ with the same courage and sense of urgency the Samaritan woman did.
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