John Ch 4 V 1-26

1The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

4Now he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”

13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17“I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

25The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

When Jesus learned that the Pharisees were beginning to notice Him, He left for a safer place. Even though we as believers should be telling others about God, we should also look out for our safety, pray for protection from harm. When Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for water, she asked why would Jews ask Samaritans for water when they looked down on them. God replied that He could give her the living water. When God speaks to us through the Bible and through signs in our lives, if we are not believers, we would either miss those signs or in the case of the Bible, just think it is a book. If you had not accepted Christ yet, then the Bible will just seem to be a book that teaches good morals. The living water that Jesus offers us is salvation; instead of an eternity in hell because we are sinners, we accept Christ and spend an eternity in heaven with Him.

.  Here the woman either is mocking Jesus or is misinterpreting Him when she asks for the water, so that she will never be thirsty again. This is the same with non-believers, when they hear the news about Jesus, they may accept Jesus for the wrong reasons. These people may believe that if they accept Jesus, their life on earth would have no troubles and they would become wealthy. When these people are going the wrong way, God has to send a message, sometimes it takes drastic measures for us to see that we are going the wrong way. In this case, God had to tell the woman how much of a sinner she was. We are suppose to accept Jesus not to make our lives better, but because we repent that we are sinners. We need Jesus, the sinless sacrifice for all of our sins, to wash our sins away. It is through this acknowledgment, and when we begin to live our lives to glorify God, that our lives will be filled with joy, because we will be living every moment of our lives dedicated to our Lord, the Creator of the universe.

.  The woman sees that Jesus is not a normal person, then asks why the Jews say that people can only worship in Jerusalem? Jesus replies that even though for now salvation is only for the Jews, there will come a time when anyone can be saved. That is after Jesus had died for us, and whoever then believes in His sacrifice and repents, will be saved. After the woman replies that she believes God will come and explain everything, Jesus replies, ” I who speak to you am he.” Jesus is God.

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