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“...but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.” John 4:14

A Samaritan woman comes to draw water from the well during the heat of the day. Usually, the women would come in the morning or evening and share in a time of fellowship, but this woman chooses to come alone. Was she avoiding being around the other women? Water is very precious and without it, there could be no life. One could wonder if it was too painful to come in the cool of the morning?

Jesus asks her for a drink. v.7 She is very surprised that a man - a Jew - is speaking to her! To drink out of the same cup implies togetherness and friendship - a ritual we continue today using the cup during communion. Jesus tells the woman if she knew who he was, she’d be asking him for a drink of living water. Notice there are two levels of conversation occurring. The woman is very literal. “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?” v.11 Jesus answers her with - you will still be thirsty drinking this water, but you will never be thirsty again with living water. It will be a spring in you gushing up to eternal life. v.14

Through our baptism we have been given this living water. The more we know about Jesus the more it gushes up inside of us and splashes out on other people. This living water brings with it a sense of wholeness and relationship with God. Our relationship is in our walking with God. He is with us and meets us where we are. He is with the broken, the poor, the homeless, the hungry. When we serve these people as volunteers at the food bank, the prison, on a mission trip, or even teaching Sunday school, we come away feeling like we have received much more than we have given. We have been with Christ.

The woman asks Jesus for this living water. Instead of just giving it to her, Jesus reveals His knowledge of her life by asking her to bring her husband. v.16 She recognizes him as a prophet and asks Him where to worship? - a hot topic of the day. [See, “Behind the Scenes....” on page 3 about Jews and Samaritans.] Jesus tells her it doesn’t matter, but that those who worship must do so in spirit and in truth. He identifies himself as the Messiah in v. 26, “I am he.”

The disciples return - shocked and speechless that their master is speaking to a Samaritan woman. The woman is so overcome with wholeness and acceptance that she leaves her precious life-giving water jug at the well, v.28 and proclaims Christ - even to the people she was avoiding. People come from the town to see Jesus. Many believe in Him because of her testimony. Then they believe for themselves because of what they have heard.

Like the Samaritan woman, we are called to be invitational and tell others about God. Washington State is the mission field of America. Let God’s love in you become a spring of water gushing up to eternal life. Let it splash out to others and invite them into a relationship of wholeness with God.

Connecting this Story at Home

  • Have/help your child(ren) look up this story in the Bible. They should be able to identify that this story is from the New Testament, and takes place in one of the four gospels: John 4. 
  • Read through the story together and ask your child(ren) to retell this story in their own words.
  • Help them recite the memory verse and reference.
  • Your child may be able to relate to the woman in this story not being accepted. Have they ever felt left out? Children look for acceptance by others, and just as Jesus lovingly accepted this woman, He lovingly accepts all of us.
  • Jesus offers us living water, the gift of the Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts. Read Galatians 5:22-23. Write down the words that show us how the living water springs from our hearts and helps us love, accept, and respect others.
  • Think about a time you treated someone unkindly. What words can you say and what actions can you do this week to show others Jesus’ love?
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