As Jesus described the Gift of God, a spring of fresh Living Water, bubbling up within and giving Eternal Life, the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well looked around at the hot, dry countryside, the well beside her, and her heavy clay jar. “Please, Sir,” she said, “give me this water! Then I will never again be thirsty. I’ll be able to stop coming here in order to get water and carry it home.”

“Go call your husband,” Jesus replied.

“I don’t have a husband,” she answered truthfully.

“You are right,” said Jesus, “you have had five husbands, and you are not even married to the man you are living with now. You have, indeed, told me the truth.”

“Sir,” she answered, “You must be a prophet!”

In this story, we see again the glaring disparity between Jesus and the religious leaders of His day. Not only did Jesus strike up a conversation with a despised Samaritan woman; but also He, knowing her colorful sexual history, before saying a single word to her about it, offered her the gift of living water, eternal life. The religious leaders of the time would have had nothing to do with a Samaritan; and a woman with such a history, were she a Jew, would have been condemned to be stoned.

But Jesus, when she asked for the gift of living water, simply said “Go call your husband.” And when she truthfully responded, He answered with the equivalent of “I know… but the offer still stands.”

Jesus had left His home in Heaven with His Father, and had come to earth to bring Light, and Life, and Living Water, to a broken and fallen world. He had come to save sinners; the only ones that remained condemned were those who refused to believe Him. This Samaritan woman, completely surprised by how well Jesus knew her, nevertheless continued to talk with Him until she, too, believed in Him. Even though she completely misunderstood His offer of Living water at first, her frank interest in the Person of Jesus  resulted in Her finding the truth.


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