Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his Son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food).

The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans).

Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’

’Sir’, the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?’

Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’

The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.’

He told her, ‘Go, call your husband and come back.’

’I have no husband,’ she replied.

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.’

’Sir,’ the woman said, ‘I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.’

’Woman,’ Jesus replied, ‘believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.’

The woman said, ‘I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.’

Then Jesus declared, ‘I, the one speaking to you - I am he.’

- John 4:4-26

There are a lot of things we could learn from this story of Jesus, so I’m not trying to write one of those trendy blogs that tell you “Three Things You Should Know,” or something of the sort. I’m never big on those, but I am big on learning more about Jesus. So without further ado, I do want to focus on three aspects of Jesus’ interaction in this instance.

ONE—Jesus wasn’t bound by the culture. Jesus was radical - absolutely, but He wasn’t counter-cultural just for the heck of it. He had a purpose with what He did. More than anything, He simply didn’t allow the cultural “rules” to affect the way He loved those around Him. As it was very unnatural for the interaction of not only a male to a female publicly, but even more so an interaction of a Jew with a Samaritan, Jesus simply refused to let anything stand between Him and those in front of Him. Jesus was about people, about relationship, about love, and that was the case 100% of the time.

TWO—It takes time and intention to fully know Jesus, and the Truth He carries. As we read through verses 7 through 15, we see that it wasn’t easy for the woman at the well to comprehend fully what Jesus initially said to her. For us, it’s easy to understand the story because we know so much of what happened before and what happened after (namely Jesus died and rose). While she could listen and hear what Jesus said, she didn’t have that same benefit that we do, so she was stuck attempting to understand something and someone holistically new.

The same holds true for us as we attempt to understand Jesus as well. It’s easy for us to feel as if we can read scripture, hear a message, go to a worship service, and that we’ll just “get it.” And sometimes that may be true. But realistically, we need the Holy Spirit to move in our hearts each and every time for anything to truly come alive inside of us. So, like the woman, we need two things to take place for us to really know and live like Jesus: first, we need to be intentional to spend time with Him and actually listen to Him; second, we have to ask the Holy Spirit to come and teach us as we learn from Jesus.

THREE—Jesus knows us. As we see in verses 16 through 26, Jesus knew this woman long before He met her. What all did He know? It’s hard to tell. But what we can see is that the Holy Spirit living in Jesus, the same one that lives in us, we see that the Spirit of God brought knowledge of the woman’s heart to Jesus in that moment. Not only did Jesus know things about her that most no one did, Jesus cared to see those parts of her come into the fullness for which they were intended. While we don’t see Jesus face to face as the woman at the well did, we can trust that He also knows and loves us just as he did her. We can trust that Jesus understands where we are in this very moment—the hopes, the fears, the struggles, the victories that we’re living in—and He wants to meet us there right now.

God has so much good for you, today and every day. So go after Him, and go after what He has for you. On behalf of the entire Freshley staff, we believe in you. We believe in who God has made you to be. We believe in the purposes He has put in front of you. So go for it.

- Logan Johnson