Jesus was on his way to Galilee (v. 3). But he had to pass through Samaria (v. 4). It was not a geographic necessity. Jews often took the long way to Galilee, to avoid passing through Samaria. But it was spiritually necessary for Jesus to pass through Samaria. He had a meeting with a sinner at Jacob’s well. She arrived by herself, having come after the other women were gone. She did not want to encounter the looks and whispers. But while she avoided others, Christ went out of his way to meet her. Jesus still goes out of his way to meet sinners. What happens when a sinner meets Jesus?
I. Jesus offers living water (John 4:7-15)
Jesus asked this woman for a drink of water (v. 7). She was shocked that a Jewish man would dare ask a Samaritan women for anything (v. 9). But she did not know whom she was talking to. If she did, she would have asked him for living water. Jacob’s well could not produce living water. It is only found in Jesus. And the one to whom Jesus gives living water will never thirst again (vv. 13-14).
II. Jesus calls for true worship (John 4:23-26)
When the woman asked for living water (v. 15), Jesus confronted her immoral lifestyle (vv. 16-18). Grace cannot cover sin until it is first exposed. But the women did not want to talk about her sins. So she shifted the subject to discuss the proper place of worship (vv. 19-20). Jesus explained that the place of worship is not what really matters. God is seeking those who will worship him in spirit and in truth (vv. 21-24). With God, the essence of worship is more important than the form.
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SOURCE: H.B. Charles Jr. Ministries