When’s the last time you felt ashamed over something? The Samaritan woman knew shame well. In fact, it was a constant companion for her—to the point where she avoided people altogether. Instead of traveling to the well in the morning or evening with the other women in that day, she chose to make the trek in the afternoon, under the blistering heat of the sun.
Jesus was traveling to Galilee but took a route Jews usually avoided. Why would He go to a place Jews don’t normally go? Everyone avoided Samaria because of the deep prejudice and hatred between these people groups. But it says Jesus had to go. As if He had an appointment—something specific He had to do.
And this is where we find both the Samaritan woman and Jesus—around the well. He meets her in her shame and says, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.”
He gives this same message to us today. Everyone gets thirsty, and we all drink from somewhere. The distinction is where do we go to fill up? What well do we drink from to satisfy our thirst?
Do we put our stock in the amount of likes we get on Facebook and the approval of our friends? Or do we drink from the unlimited supply of the Spring of Living Water? Just as the Samaritan woman experienced, we can also taste and see in our own lives that Jesus will meet all of our needs according to His glorious riches.
He alone satisfies.
- Jesus wants to still meet us in our shame. When’s the last time you felt embarrassed, filled with remorse, humiliated, or held in contempt?
- He wants to free you today. May this be our prayer: “Thank you, Jesus, for coming for us. You saw our sin, our shame, and past regrets, and it compelled you to save us. Your grace is all that I need.”
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
1 Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). 3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.
4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.
9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”
10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.
17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.
Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”
21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”