Summary: Jesus meets a women at the well and changes not only her love pattern but her way of life

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Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places

John 4:1-30


This passage has been studied so thoroughly that we all know, or think we know, how women in the middle east always went for their water early in the day, together, in a community time of fellowship. While the little children played and the latest village gossip was passed, the women carried home their water from the well in the cool of the morning.

The scene here is in the blazing light of high noon, when there was usually no one at the well and she could come and go in her loneliness without the added pain of feeling she was part of the gossip being passed along. I don’t know that she was a greater sinner than any of the other men and women of her village.

But in her isolation she certainly had to be right up there among the greatest in terms of her pain and needs. Where are you today? Are you in the same place of this lady, full of pain and needs?

For a Moment I want us to notice the name of the town where they met. “Sychar” this town or the name of it is known as falsehood or darkness.

What a description of who she is, living in darkness thinking she could find love in false things. Thankfully, Jesus comes to town.

It important that we do not overlook the 5 verses. Christ is on His way to Samaria from Judaea, and makes a detour stop in Sychar, about 15 miles off route in a 75 mile walk.

When was the last time you went out of your way to tell someone about Jesus. We must remember they were walking, its not like they just drove out of the way, he walk to meet the needs of this women, again I’ll ask, when was the last time you even went across the street to tell someone about the Love that is found in Jesus?


It really surprises me to hear people say that Jesus will not come to them. People think because what they have done they are to far from Christ

The more intriguing factor about this story is that Jesus was there waiting for her to arrive. He said I MUST need go. There was a need in Sychar.

My friends he knows where we are, and he knows all about us.

The love she was looking for was not in the Town of Sychar, it was out sitting by the well.


She is captured by the fact He has nothing to draw water with….

“thou hast nothing to draw with” and “the well is deep” “whence then hast thou that living water”

You have nothing to draw with, the well is deep, so where is this living water coming from?

She did realize the need for the water was not for Him but for her.


She describes the well as deep.

The depths of the well reminded her of the depths of her sin. It is in the depths of these sins that brought her to the well in the middle of the day.

Tradition was; the women of town would come to the well in the early morning hours together, It was her sin that kept her from coming with the rest of the women.

We know that sin separates, and we see it in this women, we see why Jesus came.

It is important to see again where Jesus was in this very moment. We find Him in Vs.6 sitting upon the well.

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