“…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14
This woman was about to receive a taste of heavenly water that was above and beyond anything she dreamed of. After 5 failed marriages, now living with a man she wasn’t married to, she wasn’t a picture of moral stability. She was alienated by the other women of the village, because they were naturally threatened by her. And, as such, she was experiencing the kind of bullying that none of us would want our kids to ever experience. She was tired of being hit when she was down, tired of hearing the sneers and mocking laughter of the other women of Sychar. So, she was at the well at Noon instead of early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the other women would come and draw from the well.
But Jesus was there this time sitting by the well! Knowing all her sins and mistakes, He began talking with her. The very fact that He was speaking to her must have brought her some comfort because the Jews hated the Samaritans and visa versa. At least He wasn’t being judgmental, mocking or accusatory… She must have thought, ‘This guy doesn’t have a clue about me!’
No, she didn’t have a clue! All she could see was her failures and sins! Like most of the religious world who believe they have to live up to some moral standard before they can approach God, she was no different. Inundated with a life of one failure after another, an insatiable thirst for something better she might find in the next husband or the next relationship… One can only imagine the turmoil in her mind, the wounds in her heart, and the degraded image of herself, of others and of life!
Then Jesus started telling her that He knew all about it! He knew all her failures and sins, yet He was speaking with her anyway! This must have sent a surge of wonder through her that she didn’t know what to do with! Here’s a man – a Jew no less – who knows everything about me, but yet, He’s not judging me! Not only that but He wants to give me something; something that will quench the thirst I’ve been trying to quench in my own way!
That moment she felt valued and accepted. She felt her shame lifted and her future became bright. She went into the city and brought all of them to Him, and Jesus stayed in her city another two days teaching and preaching to the people of Sychar. I’ll bet He did that just to make sure she wasn’t bullied any longer, that the sneers would cease; that the people would hear the words they all needed to hear and bring harmony and peace to them all.
For any of us who have been labeled as a failure, treated as an outcast, bullied or alienated by others and confronted with our sin, Jesus has something for you! It’s living water! One taste is all it takes to know the Godkind of love that no amount of money can buy! One taste is all it takes!