The well

Jesus:        Go, call your husband and come back.

She:        I have no husband,

Jesus:        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.

She:        Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.

John :16-19

She has no name. It could be anyone of us. She came to fetch water at midday at the hottest part of the day. He was sitting by the well and he asked her for water to drink but she was shocked that he a Jew would want something from a Samaritan  as the Jews did not associate with the Samaritan.

They struck a conversation and in a bit the dialogue above ensued, quickly noting he was not an ordinary man. For he was a stranger and he knew things about her, yet talked to her. As the dialogue continued, he confessed that he was The messiah. We see her leaving her jar of water and running back to her community and proclaiming “Come and see a man who has been talking to me of everything I ever did! Is it possible that this is the Christ?”

Shortly we see the people in her community following her to the well. They too get to meet Christ. He remained with them for 2 extra days and her community was transformed by Christ. “And they said to the woman, Now we have faith, but not because of your story: we ourselves have given ear to his words, and we are certain that he is truly the Saviour of the world.”

I believe, she was best evangelist that God would have used. Mainly because she was a mystery to the people of her community. I want to argue that she had isolated herself more than the society had isolated her. I am sure the women were afraid that she would take away their husbands and maybe by the 4th husband she had had enough of their talk and whispers as she passed by thus built a wall around herself in order to protect herself, she went out when no one was around. 

Secondly she had been hurt by men, maybe she was married off young or she had been divorced because she didn’t have children; whatever the situation was – something was off. Then she comes and meet this man at the well; I think she was shocked by him being there. But what has most astonishing to her, is that despite knowing all about her he still associated with her while others had not.

I think many of us are like this woman. At least I know I am like her in need of a savior but fighting and secluding myself so that l/we don’t get hurt anymore. But in our self imposed isolation, we keep making the same mistakes over and over again and we are afraid that our sins are visible to everyone hence picking up fights even where there is no need. 

I want to say a truth about Christ- He knows, like in this story of the Samaritan woman he chose to reveal himself and love her despite knowing everything that she was ashamed of. The subject of having many husbands brought her shame and for each one of us he knows what brings us shame and trust me we all have something that’s bring us shame.

Good news is that He knows, so you don’t have to hide or be intellectually about it. He knows, you don’t have to put on a show for him; man you can easily lie to. Here is an example of a journal entry when I was struggling with addiction to and sin of pornography.

Work is increasing by the minute, but I know full well that this is avoiding the real issue. The issue is: Who am I? Ironic as it may seem, I don’t know who or what I am anymore. One thing I do know is that God and I are drifting apart because I am living in sin, a sin I no longer feel guilty about. The war raging within is too great and I need help. I can feel myself falling and not knowing where I will drop. Love Unlimited: Set free by a greater love pg 5 (how to get this book in which I share of my struggles and freedom through Christ)

Consider this passage

Luke 18:9-14. To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'”I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” 

Are you sick? Christ said he came for the sick and not the healthy. You more than anyone you know if you are sick or not and wisdom tells us to seek medical assistance if we are sick. Let’s call upon this wisdom if you are spiritual sick and in need of a savior to tell you that he loves and has forgiven all your sins and you don’t have to be reminded of your shame. Like this woman you can tell others of him because you have tasted him and know that he is.

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