Then leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
It’s very common during the Christmas season to be invited to parties by family and friends. It is a great way to wind down after a busy year and to be with people that are special in our lives. Too often, the hustle and bustle of Christmas leaves us frantically putting up the Christmas tree, lights, and other decorations and searching for the perfect gift for a friend or family member and rushing from one party to the next. We end up exhausted from all of the various activities. We often overlook or fail to spend time focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. In the end, our souls are not completely satisfied and we find ourselves thirsty spiritually.
Today’s passage follows the account of Jesus’ meeting with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Jesus asked the woman for a drink and she responded, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (Jews in that day did not associate with Samaritans—they were despised and considered lowly and unclean.) During their meeting, Jesus both confronts the woman about her sin and comforts her with the truth of the gospel. He explains that even though He knows her sins, He still seeks after her and those like her. Jesus later told the woman, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit that dwells within every believer.
Prior to today’s passage, Jesus told the woman that He was the Messiah, the coming Christ. In the verse above the woman asked the question, “Could this be the Christ?” Scholars have suggested that the woman was not questioning whether Jesus was the Messiah. She was questioning how you could conclude he was not the Messiah based on the fact Jesus told her everything she ever did, which was satisfactory proof for her. She went back to her town and shared her encounter with Jesus and invited people to come and meet Jesus. John 4:39 says, “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’”
Thought of the day: The story of the woman at the well teaches us that God loves us in spite of our bankrupt lives. He values us enough to actively seek us, welcome us into a personal relationship with Him, and rejoice in our worship. Jesus does not force Himself on us; it is our choice to trust and follow Him. He patiently waits and is continuously pursuing us with reckless love for us.
Have you given your life to Christ and put your faith and hope in Him in exchange for the promise of spending eternity with Him? If not, this Christmas would be a great time to commit your life to Christ. Are you weary, burdened, and not experiencing His peace on a daily basis? This is true for so many who regularly attend church and have given their life to Christ. As you prepare for Christmas next week, spend time in prayer and in His word thanking Him for his goodness, His grace, and unconditional love for you. Make a commitment to surrender your life completely to God in faith and obedience and be expectant for what God will do in you and through you in the years to come.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me a powerful sense of Your mission for my life. I love You and desire to be used by You through the power of Your Holy Spirit that lives in me. Use me to influence others to meet, know, and follow Jesus. In Jesus’ name and for His glory, I pray. Amen.