Jesus' Open Door
John 4:5-26 NIV
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.”
Jesus was tired from his journey and asked the Samaritan woman to give him a drink. He is fully divine, yet in his fully human form, he asked her for water. He can turn stone into bread, but he chose to ask her for help.
Jesus asked the Samaritan woman in a gentle manner. He was very different from what I would expect from a person with authority in the commercial or military world. When God, who has all the power to give us all that we need, could ask a woman gently for water, then we could also ask the same of God too.
Thus when the Samaritan woman asked Jesus why he would associate with a Samaritan, he replied, “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.” The “gift of God” is the salvation that God wants to give us. We can ask God and He will give us the “living water” too. God has opened His door to us.
It was noon, an unusual time for anyone to draw water. Women from the village would normally go in the morning when it was cooler. The Samaritan woman chose to come at noon perhaps to avoid people who would despise her. She has had five husbands and the current one was not even her husband. The husbands could have died or divorced her and the current relationship was likely to be an unlawful ‘marriage’, which was socially unacceptable then. Led by the Spirit, Jesus went to Samaria and met her at a time when she didn’t expect to meet anyone. Jesus came to each of us at a time we didn’t expect, but at a time he knew we needed him. He loves us and died for us.
The Samaritan woman questioned Jesus, “How can you ask me for a drink?” She then questioned his ability to give her the “living water” he told her about, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with... Where can you get this living water?” She also questioned if Jesus claimed to be greater than her ancestor, “Are you greater than our father Jacob...?” She doubted and questioned Jesus, but he continued showing kindness to her. How many times have we doubted Jesus and yet he continues to show us his kindness?
When Jesus told the Samaritan woman that she “will never thirst” if she drinks the “living water”, she misunderstood him and thought she wouldn’t have to draw water again. But her initial excitement turned to something even greater when Jesus revealed to her that he is the Messiah.
Jesus the Messiah is the wellspring of our life. When we live on the Word, we will be led to eternal life. His door is open to us.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit. Andy joined the Central Christian Church in 1990.