Summary: This is about Jesus and woman at the well.
This is a rich passage. I could spend a couple months preaching from this passage. Give background of animosity between Jews and Samaritans. Women were marginalized.
Read John 4:1-42.
What does it mean that Jesus had to go through Samaria? Was it divine or geographically necessary? Both.
She was IMPACTED by Jesus.
She was surprised that Jesus would even talk to her. To the Jews Samaritans were half-breeds, both culturally and religiously. It was also inappropriate for a man to converse with a woman in public. A man wasn’t even supposed to talk to his wife.
Jesus crossed a social taboo to meet with this woman. Most Jews went around Samaria. Jesus didn’t harbor that hatred toward the Samaritans.
She MISINTERPRETED Jesus initially.
People tended to miss what Jesus was saying at first. Nicodemus was like that when he talked of the new birth. Later in this passage, the disciples are confused about the food comment v. 32).
The woman, like many of us was more concerned about her physical and material needs that she was with her spiritual needs. Nothing physical can satisfy our deepest spiritual needs. We should be thankful that Jesus would embrace us on our level.
She was IDENTIFIED as a sinner.
Jesus exposed her as a sinner. What’s interesting is that she didn’t run and hide from her sin. There is something comforting about Jesus exposing her.
We must come to grips with the fact that we are sinners. We must come to grips, if we have been forgiven, with the fact that we aren’t flawless. This is called conviction, which is a word that many people don’t like.
She INQUIRED about authentic worship.
The woman had an inadequate understanding of worship. This was the major flash point between the Jews and Samaritans. The Samaritans were selective about their worship. They picked and chose what the wanted. They only acknowledged the first five books.
They were ignorant about what they were worshiping because they didn’t embrace all of God’s Word. They were also highly superstitious. Ignorance leads us to superstition.
Sometimes I think we, as Christians are superstitious about the way we carry out our lives. Why do we come to church? Is it to encounter God, or is it to appease God so he won’t smite us?
Authentic worship is when our spirit encounters the Spirit of God in a truthful manner. We have to be truthful about why we worship. It doesn’t matter a hill of beans whether or not we come to church if we don’t expect to encounter God. Jesus wasn’t repudiating temple worship. He was repudiating fake worship. Is your worship authentic?
She INVITED Jesus in.
She recognized Jesus as the Christ (the Messiah). She still had some doubt. Doubt is not wrong, as long we seek to address it. Even if in baby steps, she accepted Christ as her Savior.
We invited Christ into our lives when we accept him as our Savior. Have you invited Christ into your life?
She INFORMED her friends about Jesus.
She was so excited about the disruption to her daily life that she left her water jug right there and hustled back to town. She exclaimed to the townspeople, “Come, see…” This sounds a lot like Philip’s words to Nathanael.