I was the woman at the well and I’m still the woman at the well (the well of Living Water). The Samaritan woman is the first person to whom Jesus reveals himself as Christ. (John 4:26) So it’s reasonable that she’s pretty excited. So she goes into town (where surely she was known by all the townspeople for having had five husbands and was now living with a man that was not her husband) and says to them, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Can this be the Messiah?” (John 4:29)
What I find fascinating about this passage is that she just had an in-depth conversation with Jesus about so many deep lofty theological things. After talking about living water, salvation from the Jews, and God as Spirit, the Samaritan woman rushes into town to let everyone know that this stranger correctly identified her as an adulteress. She is talking about who she is, and giving testimony to WHO HE is! This is why the townspeople believe her!
“Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’” After telling the woman about the living water, she asks of him, “Sir, give me some of this water so that I will not be thirsty.” (John 4:15) Jesus responds with, “Go, call your husband and come here.” (John 4:16) It’s then that she tells him she doesn’t have one, and he explains to her why that’s correct, to which she responds, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.” (John 4:19)
Almost every person would have believed that He was a prophet from what He said about the living water, or what he goes on to say about salvation and worship, but that’s not really what makes her believe. No, the Samaritan woman and the members of her community believed Jesus was the Messiah because he told them WHO THEY WERE!
After Jesus stayed in the town for two days, the people living there said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42) It was in reading these words that I realized HE KNOWS WHO I AM, and HE tells me so that I will KNOW WHO HE IS! It gives us all hope! Keep speaking life and Identity into people. Shout your testimony to them, tell them who they are, SO THEY CAN SEE WHO HE IS!!!!!
It’s absolutely NO coincidence that in the middle of John, chapter 4 we get an exciting mini-story; it’s placed in there for a reason. Starting in verse 31, Jesus changes the subject, or does HE? He starts talking about eating that which the Father is feeding him, which is the work that God sent him to do. What is he doing this moment? The Messiah is telling people who they are through prophecy and showing them a deeper well of living water. When you read John 4: 31-38, you may scratch your head. Why is this mini-story here?? What is HE saying to us? In the physical world sowing and harvesting are considered a separate time and a separate season. This coming season sowing and reaping will collide! He is clearly showing us how to go about the Father’s business in this season. First, you tell them who you are. “I was the woman at the well of despair with my many husbands and my head was bent in shame.” Then Jesus came and showed me who I really was. I was indeed the woman at the well, not the physical well, but the deep, deep well of living water. His water never dries up and it provides me with an everlasting life that springs up!
At the beginning of this chapter it says they believed her because they knew her, at the end of this chapter it says, they came to her and told her, we no longer believe because you said so, we believe now because we know HIM.
MY FRIENDS, WE ARE ALL CALLED TO BE EVANGELISTS IN THIS SEASON NO MATTER WHAT OUR PAST…LET’S RISE AND SHINE WITH THE WELL OF DEEP DEEP LIVING WATER THAT SPRINGS FORTH IN US, BY OUR TESTIMONY !!! Matthew 24:14
Written by: Melissa McBroom
Featured image by Valentin Lacoste