Jesus sat with the woman at the well, and told her how she would never thirst again…
The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone,
“Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did!
Could He possibly be the Messiah?”
So the people came streaming from the village to see Him.
John 4:28-30 (NLT)
You’ve probably read this story, or heard it told before. How Jesus came upon this woman drawing water from a well in the heat of the day… when no one else would have been there. And He catches her by surprise when He says, “Please give me a drink.”
Don’t you just love Jesus… I mean, He may have been thirsty, but then, maybe not. And still, He purposed this moment in time to seek out this Samaritan woman who clearly was in need of a change in her life. She had made some bad choices and had retreated to a place of aloneness.
And she was thirsty.
So Jesus asks her for water, seemingly to start a conversation, but also trying to open the door of her heart. And she is curious. So she listens. And she is amazed that He knows so much about her.
She is, in fact, quite intelligent. She knows the history of her people. She knows the prophecy of the Jews. And she has been interested… and on the lookout for this Messiah, the coming One, the Christ. Who she says, will explain everything.
And He does. And He offers her living water.
That is when she leaves her water jar at the well to goes to tell everyone.
Amazing actually, that she leaves behind the one most important task of the day… retrieving the essential water she came to draw. Because it is not the most important thing to her any longer. And that jar cannot contain the living water that has simply begun to overflow from Jesus to her.
She is truly excited!
She tells everyone!
Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus
because the woman had said,
“He told me everything I ever did!”
John 4:39 (NLT)
So Jesus just happens to be thirsty, asks for water and then… a lot of people believe.
Or maybe, Jesus knew…
that if He spent time with this woman who He knew was lonely, was hurting, and in need,
she would listen and respond to receive the living water He offered.
And she would be so changed that she would tell everyone
so that many could believe!
Maybe Jesus had a bigger plan than just asking for water… from one Samaritan woman.
When they came out to see Him, they begged Him to stay in their village.
So He stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear His message and believe.
Then they said to the woman,
“Now we believe,
not just because of what you told us,
but because we have heard Him ourselves.
Now we know that He is indeed the Savior of the world.”
John 4:39-42 (NLT)
Jesus was so captivating that they begged Him to stay. And when they listened to Him, not only did they believe but they KNEW that He was indeed the Savior of the world. They spent time with Him and came to KNOW Him.
All because one woman decided to share.
And she didn’t just share the pretty parts…
She told everyone to come see the man who told me everything I ever did!
Maybe that’s why God allows the mess to buildup around us. Or why He will let us wander through a dry place without a quick fix or rescue. Just so we will be covered up, lost and thirsty. Maybe then we will truly see the need for Him and finally be willing to share those desperate times with others… and how He saved us.
Maybe that’s what living water is all about.
Maybe that’s why Jesus went to the well that day.
So that He could use our messed up, lonely, thirsty everything to point to Him.
Lord, let me be willing to share
not simply the pretty parts of my life,
but my ugly messes, my dry places, and my every things…
fill me with Your living water so that I can tell others more about You.