The Samaritan Woman
Text: John 4: 1-42
Well, I am so glad you’re here today. Yesterday, we learned much from the woman caught in adultery. We saw how mercy triumphed over judgment. Jesus revealed He is more concerned with repentance than punishment.
Today, we will be looking into the well-known story of the Samaritan woman and her dark past.
In chapter four of the book John, we meet the Samaritan woman at the well. Jews and Samaritans hated each other and would go out of their way to avoid contact. This purposeful encounter by Jesus with this woman, reveals much about His heart and care for us.
As the sun was hot and high in the sky, the woman approached the well where Jesus sat, alone. Water was gathered in the morning and evening times, in the cool times, and was a social gathering spot for women. But not this woman.
She approached when no one would be there. She was an outsider…an outcast. Rejected by her people for poor choices and seemingly bad character. Nothing was hidden from Jesus…He knew her story before she opened her mouth. He chose that spot at that time…He chose her.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” John 4: 17-18
Though He revealed her shame, there was no one to condemn her. In His kindness, Jesus helped her face what had separated her from the rest of her people. Then He used that very thing that separated her to bring healing and redemption to her. This broken and damaged woman was chosen to bring the good news to the Samaritan village!
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. John 4: 39-40
Is shame of past choices keeping you from telling others about the love of Christ? Do you believe the lie that you are not good enough or smart enough or clean enough to be used by Jesus? The very story that you try to hide can be the tool that Jesus will use to bring others to Him.
There is freedom in Christ…freedom from our past…freedom from our reputations…freedom from our failures.
As the Samaritan woman, let’s boldly exclaim, “He told me everything I ever did…and He still loves me! Come, meet Him and learn of His love for you too!”
Look up the following verses: Galatians 5: 13-14, 1 Peter 2: 24, and Colossians 1: 19-22. What do they say about what Christ has done for you? How does knowing these things help you live for Christ? What is one thing you can do today to live boldly for the Lord?