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Location, location, location
John 4.1-6 – Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John” — although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized — 3 he left Judea and started back to Galilee. 4 But he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
For a second, let’s return to John 1.18: No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
Remembering that Jesus has come to make known to us God, the Father, what do we learn from him? God is personal and present in a particular place and time.
Where are you today? God is present where you are and he wants to interact with you like Jesus did in this passage.
John 4.7-9 – A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)
If you have any desire to get acquainted with Jesus, it is because Jesus has first drawn you to himself. Because of customs, Jesus wasn’t supposed to have anything with this woman. Not only did Jesus meet with her. He did so out of love and for the purpose of giving her the best life possible.
Do you think you are too far from God? Do you think you don’t look like the typical follower of Jesus? Good news! Jesus is coming for you to give you abundant life. If you have any similarities to this outsider person, you will find that she is an example of people who have been meeting with him for centuries.
If you knew the gift of God.
John 4.10 – Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
A large number of young people are leaving the church. They are called the “nones.” Their name comes from the answer they give on surveys.
Survey: “What is your religious affiliation?”
This group is now as large as Catholics and Evangelicals at around 21% of the population.
The main reason nones give for leaving the church is condemnation, judgment and self-righteousness.
If only they knew the gift of God. If only the church consistently shared the gift and gifts of God in a positive manner.
As we continue reading, we will see that Jesus took a woman who believed she was condemned and brought her to the place where she could receive his gift.
Our own best thinking versus heavenly truth
John 4.11-12 – The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?”
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Jesus came from heaven to inform us about what is really real. He had heavenly wisdom and the woman had nothing more than her own best thinking. Our own best thinking leaves us looking at earthly solutions and satisfactions. We may want a raise at work, a better job, a new car, etc.
Jesus has more for us. He offers the gift of a relationship with himself. He tells us that as we seek first this relationship with him, everything else we need will be provided (see Matthew 6.33).
Dear God, thank you for coming to us to give us life. Please lift my vision of life, so I can see the gift you want to give me. Please help the church to reveal you amazing love to the people around us.
Jesus is with you today. Look for him at your work or in your leisure time. Thank him for the gift of his presence in your life. Ask him how you can best represent him to others.
Thanks for reading.