There was another woman Jesus met along his road of ministry.
Her history was not positive as she was not highly thought of
or respected in the city and was rarely spoken to.
In John 4 of the new testament it tells the story.
“Jacobs well was there and Jesus,
tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well.
It was about the sixth hour.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water,
Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
Thinking this was an odd request as she most likely had large pots or buckets she was carrying to draw water with.
I wonder if she thought
why couldn’t he draw his own drink he had been sitting there for a while?
She could tell he had the warmth of the sun pounding down on him
and that he looked tired and thirsty.
If I would have been her I would have thought why couldn’t he quench his own thirst?
He saw the woman walking there and asked her,
“Please give me a drink.”
She replied to him saying, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”
(She was surprised he even talked to her since Jews did not associate with Samaritan’s).
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.
Where can you get this living water? are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst, Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (Perhaps she was thinking of the difficult task of carrying the large pots and pails back home and wanting an easier way out.)
Not realizing he was teaching her a spiritual truth.
He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
“I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is quite true.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet”
(Not realizing who she was talking to.)
As the story continues Jesus tells her of some history
between the Jews and the Samaritans and she then says to him,
“I know that Messiah (called Christ)”
“is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you ~ I am he.”
Can you even imagine? Jesus saying to you.
I am the one you have been thirsting for all along.
I can heal your broken heart.
I can fill that void so you no longer have to have husband after husband.
No longer will you feel empty and alone.
He cared for her enough to sit on a hot sun filled afternoon and wait for her to arrive,
(Was this a divine appointment between a woman and her savior?
He must have known she would be there)
So he could say to her
“I am He” ~ I am the one who can heal you.
“I am He” ~ I am the one who loves you the most intensely.
“I am He” ~ I know the hurt of your heart.
Precious one You are valuable and worthy to me.
I care about you.
Precious one I know you are thirsty
allow yourself to drink from the living water that will bring life to you.
Perhaps Jesus words pierced her heart so deeply
when John recorded what she did after she met him.
“Then leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people”,
“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.
Could this be the Messiah?”
I believe when she ran (not walked) to the town she already knew the answer to her question.
Perhaps she just wanted to share this man with the others
so they could have some living water too.
Perhaps she was so moved by his compassion and
words of truth
she couldn’t wait to tell someone.
Jesus loved hurting people
Often he would go out of his way to speak with them
and even heal and change them.
what about you and I?
Will we find him sitting by a well waiting for us as we walk by
perhaps to offer us a refreshing drink of living water?
Just a little something for us to think about.