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Jesus observes her for a bit, discerns her pain, and addresses her. His request for a drink startles her in its lack of convention, but before long it is she who is asking him for a drink. More than conventions are to be tested here today. And more than water will be tasted.
Jesus words of revelation are spoken between gulps of cool water, freshly drawn by the womans hospitable hands from her Samaritan well.
If you knew who I am, youd be the one asking for a drink, and I would give you living water. Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water which I will give will never ever thirst, into eternity. This will become in him (or her) a spring of water welling up into eternal life. (John 4:10)
His words quicken her heart. The rich theology which we pull from Jesus' self-revelation could hardly have begun to sink in, but it is an irresistible invitation nevertheless. Sir, give me this water so that I will not thirst and will not need to come to this place! It is more than relief from the daily labour which appeals to her. A much more important matter lies close to the surface of her soul. What a welcome relief it would be to escape the daily ritual of avoiding the judgmental looks and insinuations at this gathering place.
The womans words have merely hinted at her shame, but the Master goes right to the source as he prepares to pour out a big portion of grace. Go call your husband. I have no husband.
Well said, for you have had five husbands and the man you now have is not your husband. You have said this with truth. (John 4:17-18)
Confronted by the truth of his words, she acknowledges Jesus as a prophet. His gaze into her soul confronts what she would rather leave hidden away. But once it's brought into the open, the shame is disarmed. Grace is poured out in a flood this day at the Samaritan well.
The conversation continues on but before long the woman leaves her water jar and heads back into town. She goes not just to bring her partner, as Jesus has suggested, but to proclaim to the whole town, Come see the man who told me everything that I ever did. Something significant has transpired within this woman to give her the courage to admit that to the people she has so meticulously avoided!
The conversation at the Samaritan well imparts priceless gifts to this woman. I notice five gifts of grace which Jesus extends to her.
Jesus' conversation with the woman at the Samaritan well poured grace into her life, and this grace overflowed into the life of her community. Jesus offers these same gifts to us, yet they often slip through our grasp.I invite you to take a look at these gifts which Jesus offered to the woman at the Samaritan well. Consider the accompanying questions as you reflect on each one. If you find that you have difficulty in receiving these gifts of grace, reflect upon the Bible passages and ask God to help you to embrace them by faith. You may also find strength in sharing your reflections with a spiritual friend or mentor.
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