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