Step Up, Day 40: How Does Jesus Speak To Normal Screwed Up People?
READ John 4:11-24
Read this passage slowly. This is the first recorded moment where someone other than a Jewish person is evangelized and its by Jesus Himself. (Its a pretty big deal!)
The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but 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.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Go through this passage again and note a few things?
- What were the concerns of the Samaritan woman in trying to understand Jesus?
- What was the focus of Christ in answering her?
- What part of this story (either the defenses of the woman, or the words of the Savior most resonate with you.)
Who do you know that needs to hear what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well? Are you willing to be the Jesus at the well that is willing to take the time to talk to them. Write their name down and commit to praying for them this week.
Ask God where you most fit in this passage. What are some things about salvation that you don’t understand? What are some regrets of the past that you carry? What are some religious things that sometimes hold you back?