We learn a lot from Jesus in John 4 (read it here). While reading the section is not exactly necessary it is encouraged and will help clarify the story. Below are four observations I wanted to share.
1 Jesus shows no bias
Jesus meets a woman. Already this is a flip on the culture. The woman is there speaking to a man. She went to the well at that time to avoid the people (more on that soon) and ran into Jesus. Jesus treats her no differently than anyone else he encounters. On top of being a woman she is a Samaritan. Jews and Samaritans were not on good terms but Jesus still treats her the same. We learn that regardless of gender, race, or religious belief it is our duty to treat people kindly and respectfully.
2 Jesus knows our inner life
This woman was not a high class citizen. Just from the description of being a Samaritan woman we know she is one of the most disregarded members of society. On top of that we find that she has had five husbands and is currently with another man. This is why she’s at the well at this strange hour. She is avoiding the judgement of the people. The gossip at the water cooler. Jesus knew her story and offered her the living water.
3 Jesus satisfies our needs
This living water is about desires, longings and needs. The need to feel safe, forgiven, and loved come with the living water. The woman thought this water meant never running into someone at the well and being judged and desired that. Jesus meant it as an offer of forgiveness and tells her who he is. He tells her that he is the Messiah. He is the one come to forgive and restore. He has come to satisfy her needs and longings.
4 It is good to share a drink
The woman believes. She is told that worship happens anywhere, but must be done is spirit and truth. She must be open with God not hiding herself. Life change before God means sharing with people. She once avoided other people but we see at the end of this story that she begins to tell of Jesus. She talks of who he is and what he did. She started to share the story.
If you look deep into your life do you believe that everyone is able to receive grace no matter race, gender, sexual orientation? God’s love is for everyone and only requires a true encounter with Jesus. He knows our story he knows our sin and he wants to restore us and to satisfy our needs.
Do you believe you can have God’s forgiveness?