Footnotes

*4:6: noon

4:25: “Messiah” (Hebrew) and “Christ” (Greek) both mean “Anointed One”.

Get to know Jesus

1. Jesus always work miracles so that we may believe

In today’s reading on John 4:1-42, we learn the following important points about Jesus:

Jesus showed to the Samaritan woman that He knew everything about her. By that, He showed her that He is God. The key thing to note is that Jesus always work miracles so that we believe, so that our faith is strengthened (John 10:25).

It is God who gives us the faith by working wonders in our everyday life but we often did not realise it. Sometimes we thought it is just coincidence. We just need to be willing to believe.

2. The Way to receive the Living Water is by believing

When the Samaritan woman asked Jesus for the Living Water, his reply was to ask her to go call her husband. Why? So that her husband can receive the Living Water together with her?

No. Jesus asked so as to reveal to her that He is God, so that she believed that He is the Messiah. If Jesus had simply said that the way to receive the Living Water is to believe that He is the Messiah, she may not have been able to believe.

When she can believe, she will receive the Living Water.

3.Jesus chose to go through Samaria

In John 4:4, it was written that Jesus need to pass through Samaria. As the Samaritans were despised by the Jews, most Jews would have avoided that route and go by the River Jordan path to reach Galilee. However, Jesus chose to take the route through Samaria. He chose to go to Samaria because of the Samaritans as well as for that specific woman who went to the well.

The Samaritans were waiting for the Messiah. Their hearts were ready to receive Him (John 4:39-42). Jesus said the harvest is ready (John 4:35).

4. It is God's will to bless

Jesus  could have gone with his disciples to buy food. However, he had arranged for the disciples to go and buy food so that He can speak to the Samaritan woman in private. Jesus wanted to tell her about the Living Water that will be the solution to heal her and set her free from all her pains in her life.

Notice that it was Jesus who waited for the Samaritan woman. It was He who initiated the conversation and told her to ask for the Living Water.

In John 4:34, Jesus said that He was doing God’s will. It was God who sent Jesus. God had compassion on the Samaritan woman and wanted to bless her with the Living Water so that she can be set free from the pains and struggles in her life.

God is always reaching out to us. God has the solution to all our pains. It is God’s will that we be blessed.

Jesus described this as His food. This tells us how much Jesus wants to reach out and comfort us.

5. Jesus is always gentle and full of unfailing love

The Samaritan woman went to draw water at noon time (6th hour). This is a very hot time of the day. Most people would have drawn their water early in the morning. One possible reason why the Samaritan woman chose to go at that hour is probably to avoid meeting certain people. She could have been despised by many since she had had five husbands and she was with a man who was not her husband. We can see from here that Jesus is very gracious and very sensitive to the feelings of the Samaritan woman. He had arranged to speak to her in private.

Jesus never reprimand her nor criticise her in anyway. Instead, Jesus revealed explicitly to her that He is the Messiah. He told her that if she were to ask, He will give her the living water. Jesus is always blessing. God’s will is to bless us.

 

6. The Living Water is the antidote to all the pains of life

The Living Water is God’s gift. Jesus said in John 4:13-14 that whoever drinks of the water that He gives will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.

In John 7:38-39, it is revealed to us that the Living Water is the Holy Spirit of God. In John 14:16, Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will never leave us. How is it possible that God’s Spirit will not leave us? It is because Jesus died for us and His blood cleanse us from all past, present and future sins so that we are forever without a single fault (Colossians 1:22).

When the Spirit of God was on King David and Joshua, they won every battles.  When the Spirit of God was on Elijah and Elisha, they performed great and mighty miracles.

Whoever has the Spirit of God will not lack anything.

 

 

7. Jesus chose the Samaritan woman

The Samaritans were waiting for their Messiah. Their hearts were ready to receive Jesus. Jesus could have gone directly to speak to the crowds. Instead, He chose to speak to a woman who was hurting, who had five failed marriages, who was probably overwhelmed with shame and confusion, who had been waiting for the Messiah who will explain to her why her life had been filled with so many tragedies. Jesus prioritise meeting and comforting the woman.

Jesus chose the Samaritan woman to become an evangelist to her people. In Psalms 34:18, it tells us that the LORD is close to those with a brokenheart. In 1 Corinthians 1:27, God uses the weak to shame the mighty. In Psalms 91:15, our LORD promises to deliver and honor those who call to Him.

When we go through difficult times, take comfort that Jesus is with us and He has great plans for our lives.

 

 

Are you wondering….

Why did Jesus ask the woman to bring her husband?

Jesus wanted the woman to believe that He is the Messiah, the Son of God, that He is God.

Notice that Jesus first told her that if she were to ask, he will give her the living water. Yet, when she ask, Jesus replied by saying “Bring your husband”. It seems that Jesus is not answering her directly. No, that is not true. Jesus answered her immediately and directly. The way to receive the living water is simply to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. It is to believe that Jesus is God. 

To enable the woman to believe that He is God, Jesus had to show her that He knew everything about her. Jesus was showing her a miracle, something supernatural. Jesus always work miracles so that the people may believe (John 10:25-38).

This is how God works. He always work miracles. However, we often did not realise it.

What is Living Water?

Living Water is the Holy Spirit (John 7:38). When you have the Holy Spirit of God, you have every good thing — protection, provision, success, good health, favour, every blessings.

How do we receive the Living Water?

We receive the Living Water (the Holy Spirit) that Jesus talks about by asking and believing that Jesus is the Son of God, our Saviour.

God is always willing to give us the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13). It is God who reaches out to us. He loves us. He wants us to lead fulfilling lives. He is our Heavenly Daddy. All that is needed for us to receive the Living Water (the Holy Spirit) is to believe in Jesus.

What is a Messiah?

Messiah means Saviour. In the books of the Prophets, e.g. Isaiah, Jeremiah and other prophets, it was prophesised that God will send a Messiah ( a Saviour) to the nation of Israel to deliver them from under the bondage of foreign kings.

When Jesus came, the Jews did not believe that Jesus is the Messiah. However, whoever believes in Jesus, He gave them the right to become children of God (John 1:12) and He gave them eternal life (John 4: 14, John 5:40).

How do I become a believer?

We are justified by faith in Jesus. (Romans 5:1). Therefore, we only need to believe and say a prayer as follows:

“Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins. I believe you are the Son of God and that You love me and desire to bless me with the abundant life and eternal life that You promise. I believe and receive You as my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus name I pray, amen.”

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