April 15th John 4
The Samaritan woman – Faith
1: When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2: (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3: He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4: And he must needs go through Samaria. 5: Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6: Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7: There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8: (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9: Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10: Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11: The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12: Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13: Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15: The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16: Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17: The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19: The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20: Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22: Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25: The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26: Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
The Lord’s mission explained
27: And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28: The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29: Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30: Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. 31: In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32: But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33: Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34: Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35: Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36: And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37: And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38: I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
Many Samaritans believe
39: And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40: So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41: And many more believed because of his own word; 42: And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
The Lord preaches in Galilee
43: Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. 44: For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. 45: Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.
Sign 2 The Lord - boy. (Elijah)
46: So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47: When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. 48: Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. 49: The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. 50: Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. 51: And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. 52: Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. 53: So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house. 54: This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
Christ needed to go through Samaria and he came to the well at Sychar. There he met a woman who was thirsty in the flesh and in the spirit. She came at midday to fill her pot and Christ asked for a drink. She was quite surprised at his request because Jews traditionally did not engage with Samaritans. She commented on this but Christ retorted that If only she knew the gift of God and who was speaking to her then she would be the one asking him for living water. Now she was even more surprised. She said, the well is deep and you have no bucket so where would you get the living water from? Then she said, are you greater than our Father Jacob - who gave us this well? At this point Christ needed to clarify the difference between ordinary water and the living water he had been speaking about. So he explained that this water would only satisfy her for the day but the living water would satisfy her forever. She responded; Give me this water, although she was not fully clear as to what it was. Once she had been led to this point Christ changed the subject, Go and call your husband, he said. This spoiled her day. She responded l have no husband. Christ commended her for her honesty. Yet she had more secrets and Christ opened up all her life and showed her all that she had ever done. He said you have had five husbands and the man you are with now is not your husband. She was stricken with conviction of sin. And from the depths of her religious knowledge she stammers that she knows that Messiah is coming. Christ simply says I am he. She leaves her water butt (empty) and runs into the town to tell them that she had met the Messiah. The men of the town plead with Jesus to stay with them. After two days the men of the town confess that they accept Jesus as the Christ the Saviour of the World.
Later a nobleman asks Christ to heal his son Christ sends him home with the promise that he is healed. This was the second Messianic sign. It turned out that the son was healed at the very moment at which Christ spoke.
- How did Christ begin talking to this woman?
- How did this change her life?
- What happened in the city?