John Chapter 4 records the story of the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus at Jacob’s well. Around lunchtime, she left her house and male companion with her empty water jar. One thing was on her mind – get to the well and return with a full vessel without encountering any condescending neighbors. Her existence depended upon that water, but she did not go early in the morning like the others did because she was an outcast due to her five failed marriages.
I wonder what she thought when she saw Jesus sitting by the well. Thirst probably kept her from going back home. Jesus’ loving character was totally different from her previous male acquaintances. Nevertheless, she proceeded and Jesus asked her for a drink.
She reminded Jesus how religiously incorrect He was to speak to her and pointed out that He had nothing to draw water with. Jesus told her that if she knew who He was, she would ask Him for a drink!
The interrogation continued as she asked Jesus if He thought He was greater than Jacob, who dug the well. Jesus told her that her water couldn’t compare to His, and she began to crave that “living water.”
Jesus, desiring to be correct in every way, asked the lady to bring her husband, and she updated Jesus on her present marital status. Jesus then gave her a word of knowledge by recalling her past marital record and her present living situation.
I am amazed at the way Jesus reveals people’s sin to them, and they still are drawn to His side. I pray for this anointing to convict not condemn.
The Samaritan woman’s first encounter with Jesus ended abruptly, in the middle of a discussion on where, who, and how to worship, because of the disciple’s return. When she saw them coming, she bolted leaving her water jar behind. The most important thing in this woman’s life was left behind after one encounter with Jesus.
Today, Jesus might expect a call or visit from her lawyer. Instead, she went back to all the people in town – the ones she had been avoiding and said, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” (John 4:29 NIV)
Her testimony drew the whole town to see Jesus. Why would she want everybody to meet someone who knows all about her messed up life? Natural water from Jacob’s well is no match for living water from a well-named Jesus!
What’s in your water jar today? Do you go back day after day to fill up on worldly water that does not satisfy? I pray that you will encounter Jesus as this woman at the well did. You may want to run, leaving the old behind and calling friends and enemies to meet the man with “living water.”
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:37, 38 NIV)