Summary: Just like the Samaritan woman we are given second chances through Jesus. Jesus knew the woman was going to be at Jacob's well and He waited on her so He could teach her and give her the opportunity to live a Godly life.
“He’s Still Waiting At The Well”
Joke: There was football team who never won a game so one day before practice the coach decided to have a talk with them. He told them, "Men our offense is bad, or defense is horrible, and our special teams are the worst I have ever seen, so today we are going back to the basics and start over." He reached over picked up a football and said, "This is a football." Before he could say anything else one of his players spoke up and said, "Coach slow down you're going too fast."
Did you ever wish that you could go back to a certain point in your life and start over?
Maybe you made a bad investment, or got married at the wrong time, maybe even had kids at the wrong time in your life.
I’m certain we all would change a few things if we could go back in time.
Mistakes almost always have consequences that go along with them that can usually be remedied but not always.
• When GM tried to introduce the Chevy Nova into South America, they neglected to notice that in Spanish “No va” means “No go.”
• Needless to say, sales were poor for a car that wouldn’t go.
• The National Dairy Association had great success in this country with their “Got Milk?” Campaign.
• But when they took this slogan into Mexico they were informed that their Spanish translation read, “Are you lactating?”
• Pepsi had an awful time advertising in China with their slogan, “Come alive with the Pepsi generation”’ In Chinese it meant, “Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave.”
So we all make mistakes, it’s just that some are more costly than others. If you miss your turnoff you can simply turn around and go back but if you miss your turn you might have an accident.
This could almost be a flawless world if we could do that especially if we could do it with the knowledge we have now. BUT WE CAN’T!
God knows that we are going to make mistakes but He also wants us to learn from our mistakes so He allows us another chance to see if we have learned.
In other words we can’t go back but we can start over.
In the fourth chapter of the gospel of John he tells us of an instance where Jesus did just that.
John 4:1-26 (Read 1-8)
Now there are a couple of things to note as we read this story.
First, of all Jesus did not have to go through Samaria to get to Galilee, He could have gone around because that is what most Jews did.
They did not get along with Samaritans, so they avoided them at all cost.
So why does verse four state that He had to? Because He had a reason, He was on a mission.
He knew that He would run into a Samaritan that needed guidance.
Now the time of day we are told was about the sixth hour, or around noon. This normally wouldn’t be the time that the women, who carried the water, would go to the well to get it because that was during the hottest part of the day.
Usually they went early morning or in the evening so why would the woman be going at this time?
She was looked down upon by the other women because of her sin. She was living with a man that wasn’t her husband and she previously had been married five times.
Here was a perfect example of someone who tried to start over. I’m sure each time she married she hoped that it would be the one that last.
I’ve never known anyone who gets married with the hope that it will fail and end in divorce.
Each time she vowed that the next marriage would be different and life would be good but it never was.
So now she had given up on marriage, she had given up on being happy, which meant she had given up on hope.
We see more and more of that today. People get divorced and they get into another relationship and decide that marriage don’t work so they decide to just live together.
Some couples make this decision before they even get married. Maybe their parents were divorced and they don’t want that, so they live together to try it out first, but most of the time it is because our society has accepted this as perfectly all right.
Now the Samaritan woman was just existing from day to day. Living the Life of a Shadow.
Maybe you know someone who is living life without hope because they live in the shadows.
They are afraid to associate with others because of some sin they are living in or something that is in their past.