Continuing in the Book of John: John 4
You may have things in your past that you regret and that you may not want to tell anyone. That was the way it was for the woman at the well who met the one person in the universe that knew her perfectly!
Today we are looking at John 4:1-45 where Jesus asks the Samaritan woman for water. (John 4:7)
The Backdrop: Jesus was traveling with His disciples from Judea on their return trip to Galilee. Jewish and Samaritan people had hated each other for generations and would avoid interaction with each other. The normal mode of transportation in those days was to walk if you did not have an animal to pull a cart. Jews would walk the many extra miles around Samaria to avoid the people they hated. Jesus and his group of disciples cut right through Samaria. The conversation between Jesus and the woman began at the well of Jacob with Jesus asking the Samaritan woman for water.
The Woman was Surprised!
Tired and exhausted from the journey, Jesus sat wearily beside the well in the town of Sychar at noontime. (John 4:6)
It wasn’t long before a Samaritan woman came along to draw water. (John 4:7)
All the other women of the village came when it was cooler. Never when the sun’s heat was at its peak!
Jesus spoke to her and said, “Please give me a drink.” (John 4:7)
Can you imagine the woman’s surprise? Jews refuse to talk to Samaritans! She couldn’t imagine why Jesus was asking her for a drink!
I think another reason she was surprised that Jesus spoke to her was that she didn’t feel worthy. Even the women in the village avoided talking to her!
You Are Valuable to God
We know very little about this woman. We don’t even know her name!
We have no idea if she was mistreated by the men in her life or not.
Regardless . . .
This woman didn’t feel valued around the people she knew. She didn’t feel special and probably had never experienced respect or even love until Jesus spoke to her.
I think we know so little about the woman at the well so that our story can resonate with hers.
You may have had a wonderful childhood and marriage and yet for some reason, you may not feel valued by those around you.
You may struggle with feelings of inadequacy similar to the Samaritan woman.
You feel unworthy because of past or present sin in your life even though it may not be to the extent of this woman.
I get that.
Because . . .
I have struggled with these same things and because I have sinned.
Jesus is the One in the Universe who knows me perfectly. He knows that I am imperfect and he finds me valuable despite all that I have done!
Jesus knows you perfectly and values you too!
Just like Jesus spoke to the woman at the well, He is speaking to you!
You are valuable to God!
Jesus Knows You Perfectly
The conversation continues between Jesus and the woman.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10
She just doesn’t understand how Jesus is going to give her living water without a rope or bucket.
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:13-15
Jesus was trying to explain about the living water that springs up inside of us because we trust in Him. All the woman could see was the tedious task of daily drawing water from the well and takes the illustration literally.
Jesus understands this woman perfectly and will not stay on the surface of things.
Jesus knew that she had had many relationships and she began to realize that Jesus was all-knowing.
She suddenly realized He was the Messiah, the Christ.
Jesus brought up this woman’s adultery not to expose, rehearse, or rehash her sin but to expose her thirst for God.
A thirst she didn’t even know that she had because Jesus knew her perfectly. More perfectly than she knew herself!
Jesus Knows Your Past Perfectly
Our hearts are blinded spiritually and hardened to the inner spirituality because of sin that has been in our lives.
I lack the fire and deep passion for Jesus and the Living Water.
Yes, I go to church each week, read my Bible almost daily, pray, and walk with the Lord . . . but there is so much more!
God doesn’t want you and me to live life dead.
He doesn’t want us to go through life hardened and blinded to the true worship of Him.
Jesus knows your past perfectly (and mine too) and He wants us to intentionally expose your secret inner life so you can be truly free!
Jesus wants you to be a true worshiper in Spirit and in truth!
Jesus knows everything about our past before we even come to Him.
The reason why you might not feel valuable is that you are as filthy rags before Jesus came into clean up your life. Even as a Christ-following-woman you probably struggle to live clean and washed in the blood of Jesus.
It is a journey!
We desperately NEED a Savior!
We learn about Jesus’ greatness through this story with the Samaritan woman.
We learn about ourselves from this woman.
We learn why our understanding and love for Jesus is so small as we see ourselves in this woman and imagine that Jesus is talking to us instead of the Samaritan woman.
I hope this story has spoken deeply to your heart as it has mine.
How have you seen yourself in this woman? Do you feel that the God of the Universe knows you perfectly?