Jesus wants to engage with us
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
John 4:7 (ESV)
A normal daily trip to collect water turned into a rather unexpected encounter. Jesus strikes up a conversation with a woman from Samaria and very quickly she realises that he knows all about her. He knows of her complex past, and about her current situation and yet he is more than comfortable to ask her for a drink and to talk about faith.
This was a most unusual situation. In that culture a man talking to a woman at the well, and a Jew talking to a Samaritan was just not done – it would have been frowned upon and deemed inappropriate. Nevertheless, Jesus still talks to, and wants to affirm her, despite knowing all about her. He says that he is the one who can heal all her hurts and satisfy all her deepest longings. Although she was physically thirsty and needed water, this is what she really needed and what her heart craved for.
Jesus also knows our stories. He is aware of our complex past and our current circumstances; he understands all that has happened and is happening to us. He knows all the parts of our lives that we would want to forget and those we would want to celebrate: the sad moments and the good times. And he knows all about our mixed motives. In fact, he knows more about our life story and sees it more clearly than we do – we have no secrets from Jesus.
And yet, incredibly, Jesus still wants to engage with us; he doesn’t marginalise us, just as he didn’t marginalise the Samaritan woman. Jesus said to her all who come to him, no matter what their past or their current circumstances, will be fully satisfied and will never thirst again (v.14). This is what she needed to hear and in response, she said, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” (v.15).
This is what we need to hear from Jesus too, and as he engages with us, may we have the same response as the Samaritan woman at the well.
Father, we are thirsty for your grace, and we thank you that your grace is freely available to everyone, no matter what our past or current situation. May we come to Jesus to drink of that grace and be satisfied. Amen
Study by Barry Robinson
About the writer:
Barry Robinson is a Minister in Grace Communion International and is Regional Pastor for Southern England.
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