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Jesus Christ speaks with a woman at a well

Samaria, Well of Living Water

 

3 He left Judæa, and departed again into Galilee.

4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:

18 For thou has had five husbands; and he whom thou now has is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou are a prophet.

20 Our father worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 

29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. 

The land of Samaria was a region between Jerusalem and Galilee. While traveling through the area, Jesus Christ stopped at a well where He sat down to rest. When a local woman came to draw water, Jesus asked her to draw water for Him. She was shocked by His request, since Jews typically avoided interactions with Samarians. But that didn’t stop Jesus from reaching out in love and compassion to share His divine message with her. The woman had made some mistakes in her life that she perhaps thought made her unworthy, but Jesus tenderly comforted her as he explained his identity as the Messiah she sought and invited her to worship God in “spirit and in truth.” He saw her for who she could become, just like He sees us.

The Invitation

Become a better you

We’ve all made mistakes. But just like the woman at the well, the love and mercy of Jesus Christ is bigger than our mistakes. Take time to write down some goals for the person you want to be. And while you do it, remember that Jesus Christ can help us overcome the things in our past that may be holding us back, especially when we pray for help and seek to right our wrongs.

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Questions to Ponder

What are some mistakes you’ve made that you wish you could let go?

What do you need to do to make things right?

How can Jesus Christ give you the strength to change?

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