Jesus and the Samaritan Women - Part 1

OPENING PRAYER

Father, help me to recognize you and enjoy time in your presence.

 

READ: JOHN 4:1-10

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.  4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.  7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)  9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)  10 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.”

 

REFLECT

“Location, location, location” is an old real estate slogan and fits this story well.  Jesus intentionally travels through Samaria on this occasion when normally this crew would have traveled around Samaria due to the hatred between the two countries and the people but not on this day.  Just as the disciples walk toward town to buy food, Jesus begins a conversation in the middle of the day with a Samaritan woman?  Unheard of!  They sit down near a well with water as a treasured commodity in the desert, essential for life.  It is not just any well, it is Jacob’s Well.  A life-source dating back near the beginning of God’s People, Israel, as they followed God to become a nation only He could create.  It’s no coincidence that The One who is and will become The Living Water sits near this well visiting with a Samaritan woman.  Jesus arrives bringing the gift of God’s living water to all people.  Jesus will be The Savior for Israel to be sure but He ventures into every enemy territory known to humanity.  No wonder the disciples seem amazed and confused - the love of God knows no borders or boundaries and always catches us by surprise.

APPLY

Who will I meet today that needs to hear and receive the life-giving, thirst-quenching water only Jesus provides?  Do I ever feel closer to God in some location more so than others?  Why?

 

CLOSING PRAYER

Father, may I drink deeply from you and become a living spring for others because of Jesus Your Son.