Who’s your favourite person in the Bible and why?
The woman at the well is a great story of God’s love and
acceptance. It’s full of many truths and powerful lessons
for us today. Jesus knew her history and still accepted her.
Words by Candace Maxymowich
The world is full of people who are spiritually thirsty. The story of the
woman of Samaria teaches us that each person matters to Jesus and
each can be filled with living water.
Maybe you already know the story? Traveling from Jerusalem, Jesus
and His disciples took the quickest route through Samaria. Jews didn’t
normally travel on a Samaritan road, but Jesus chose to walk this way
anyway. Tired and thirsty, Jesus sat by a well while His disciples went to
a nearby village.
In the scorching heat, a Samaritan woman came to the well to draw
water. She wanted to avoid encountering other people as she was
shunned and rejected. This woman was ostracized and marked as
immoral. She was an unmarried woman living openly with the fifth
in a series of men. She wanted to avoid all the wagging tongues of the
Jesus asked the woman for a drink of water. He told her
He could give her living water so she would never thirst
again, living water which gives eternal life and divine
At first the Samaritan woman didn’t fully understand,
so Jesus using divine insight addressed her situation of
living with a man who was not her husband. She needed
to confess her sins and change her life before she could
obtain this life-giving water.
As they talked, the woman voiced her faith that the
Messiah was coming. Jesus answered, “I, the one
speaking to you – I am he” (John 4: 26).
As the woman began to grasp the
reality of her encounter with Jesus,
the disciples returned. They were
equally shocked to find Him speaking
to this woman. Leaving behind her
water jar, the woman returned to
town, inviting the people to “Come,
see a man who told me all that I ever
did” (John 4: 29).
She was given the opportunity to
have her sins forgiven and to realize
what it means to take freely of the
water of life. The Samaritan woman’s
spirit was enlightened and illumin-
ated by Jesus. Living water is the
spiritual refreshment that comes into
our soul after we encounter Jesus and
confess our sin and need for salvation.
This story teaches us that God wants to give us sinners
His love. God values us enough to actively seek us, to
welcome us to intimacy, and to rejoice in our worship. A
person like the Samaritan woman, an outcast in many
ways, had a special understanding of what this means – to
be wanted and cared for when no one, not even herself,
could see anything of value in her. That is grace.
Living water is the spiritual
refreshment that comes
into our soul after we
encounter Jesus and
confess our sin and need