Gracious Lord, I know there is much to learn from Your Word today. Open my mind to Your Truth.
Read John 4:1-26
 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John-  although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.  So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.  Now he had to go through Samaria.  So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)  The 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.)  Jesus 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.”  “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  The 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.”  He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”  “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.  The 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.”  “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.  Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”  “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.  Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”  Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you-I am he.” Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat did Jesus reveal about himself to this woman?
This is another dramatic encounter. Two days ago it was Nicodemus; now it is an unnamed Samaritan woman beside a well in the midday sun. The encounter ends in belief (39-41) but there are many twists and turns on the way as we watch Jesus at work. First, he employs boldness to make a move, but with vulnerability (7). Often our evangelism never gets off the ground because we don’t know where to start! And then he makes an attractive offer (10) of living water (which the woman would interpret as, literally, running water). How vital it is to be positive! Only then comes Jesus’ gentle and incisive insight which lays bare the woman’s deep need: “Go, call your husband” (16). Such insight and empathy is a precious gift. And running through the whole encounter, there is a quiet persistence, even as the woman ducks and dives to avoid Jesus’ probing. Finally comes the life-giving declaration which only Jesus can give (26). If after this master class you are still nervous, note that the woman, like the man in the next story (47), is eager to know the truth. People are never as dismissive as they seem.
Do you know someone with a deep need that only Jesus can meet? Pray about how and when to approach them.
Lord Jesus, I see how sensitively You meet people at their point of need. Teach me to follow Your example.
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