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The Message in the Samaritan Woman

Updated: Feb 3

Jesus Christ and His disciples had come to Judea and began baptizing (John 3, and 4:1-2). After some time there, Jesus left Judea and needed to get to Galilee. To get there, he needed to come through a city in Samaria, and came to a parcel of land near the well that Jacob had given to his son, Joseph (John 4:3-5). The journey made Him tired, and he came to sit at the well that was there. A woman came to the well, and Jesus asked her for a drink.

The woman was a Samaritan woman, and Jews and Samaritans did not have close relations with one another. Just look at her response, “How is that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” Yet, Jesus’s response provokes thought from the woman, “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.” Her response was that He had nothing to draw from the well and it was deep, and Jesus tells her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him, will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4: 7-10 NKJV).

From the moment that Jesus Christ spoke this, He must have opened her ears slightly, because the Holy Bible says that she said, “Sir, give me this living water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” (John 4:15 NKJV). I think that in that moment the woman was doubting Jesus Christ, because He told her to go tell her husband and come back there. The conversation that followed was interesting: the woman said she did not have a husband, and Jesus responded, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” (John 4:17-18).

By saying this, she becomes convinced that Jesus Christ is a prophet, and she tells Jesus that her ancestors worshiped on the mountain that they were at, and that the Jews tell people that Jerusalem is the place where one should worship. Jesus Christ tells her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:19-23)

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Then, the woman tells Jesus that she is aware that the Messiah is coming. Oh, how little did she know, “I who speak to you am He.” At this moment, His disciples came to Him, and the woman left her water pot there and went into the city and said to the men to “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:25-26 NKJV).

According to the Holy Bible, Jesus Christ did not tell the Samaritan woman to tell others in the city of her encounter. Yet, she did. And it was her testimony that led many Samaritans in that city to believe in Him (John 4:39 NKJV).

The Holy Bible says that none can come to the Father except of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). When Jesus calls you, what will you say? And if Jesus Christ calls you to share your testimony, will you back down? There are some Christians that may need to hear your testimony because they are sleeping. In 1 Corinthians 15 those that have fallen asleep have perished. As Christians we hope in something greater than this life. What if your story wakes them up, or brings new people to accept Jesus Christ?

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