As Jesus was starting His divine appointment with the woman at the well, she had no idea who this man was that was bothering her. She was no stranger to abuse. She had lived a very difficult life having been married and unmarried 6 times. She went to the well in the heat of the day because of the looks and the disdain she received from others.
I am sure that she was thinking “What does this Jerk want?!” when Jesus asked for a drink. But then the God’s grace started to happen. As he spoke, she knew that Jesus knew who she was. That was not the life changing part, for a great number of people knew who she was. It was that she could sense that while Jesus knew her, it was that even knowing exactly who she was he did not judge her and cast her aside.
She knew rejection. She faced it on the daily. Jesus was offering her something that no one had ever offered, acceptance without a price tag. It completely changed her. This misfit toy of life that never quite fit in was offered life by the Messiah!
Jesus met her right where she was and accepted her without judgement or expectation. He showed her unconditional love.
That same Jesus offers each of us the very same thing. He knows everything we have done and every thought we have. He has seen us at our best and at our worst. Still, as Paul told the Romans, “God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
John must have smiled a bit as he thought about Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. It was clearly a clear message that God loves every person and wants to free them from sin and death. I am so grateful that he would love me, also a sinner.
God Bless You
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.[a])
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.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 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?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.”
15 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.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”