The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people, “Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Messiah?” John 4:28-29
This the third Sunday of Lent is all about water, or is it? Water was life to this desert people. The Samaritan woman left her water jar and ran to the town to witness to Jesus, the Messiah. She was convinced that He was different, when He spoke to her… a woman and a Samaritan. She was convicted when He knew the sinful life she had lead. She was converted when He did not condemn or condone her. Instead she invited the people she knew to come and see.
Her faith and knowledge was revealed in her discussion with this stranger. “I know the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when He comes, He will tell us everything.” Jesus revealed Himself to her then. Life as she had known it was forever changed in that single moment.
The apostles are still confused. They must have been too close to understand. They focus on food. They argue about who was the greatest among them or who will sit at His right and His left. When a simple and sinful woman can see plainly who Jesus is, it is amazing that this is revealed in a book written by a man of this time.
How blessed I am to know Jesus, He knows everything I have ever done and yet He still loves me and instructs me about how to share the LIVING water. He invites me to believe and to witness. At the end of this passage, the townsfolk reveal that they believed at first because of her testimony but when they hear Jesus they began to believe on their own. What a blessing for the world. What a blessing for me.
Lord, I am a sinner. You meet me where I am and open my eyes to all I can be if I am willing to live the life You are calling me to live. Help me be Your witness and allow me to lead others to believe because my faith is so strong. Your living water draws me to the well.