The story of the woman at the well is one of the most iconic encounters in the Bible. Told in John 4:1-42, it depicts how Jesus, traveling through Samaria on the way to Galilee, sat down at a well in the town of Sychar.
There, around noon, while His disciples were in town buying food, He encountered a Samaritan woman coming to draw water from the well. He asked her for a drink, and their talk took off from there — culminating in her salvation and many more from her town, too.
A Christian Bible reader knows why it was noon. Although not specifically mentioned in the Bible, noon is usually the hottest part of the day.. with the Sun shining down on us from directly overhead. so to be walking to and from a well of water, it’s usually not a desirable time to be out.
But on this particular day there was a need to be there. For both Jesus and the woman.
On that day a huge wall was broken. It was made up of many different bricks. All of them had the word “sin” on it.
It seems Jesus knew something about the woman. In fact He knew everything about her. The woman herself, on the opposite (but receiving end) knew very little about Jesus.
In today’s world where everybody more or less is ignored, overlooked. or even ostracized because of their place in the order of things, the woman at the well was well known by the One person who knew her, and loved her with all her faults. She knew what men thought of her, and thus this was her time. Her time to be alone, drawing from the deep well. Although I do believe that Jesus did most of the work. 😉
The woman was basically unclean. Thus, most of society shunned her. Was it because of her skin color, her race, or her style of living? In fact, it could just have been, and was, a variety of things. Anyone in society knew that just being around the woman would bring a sense of utter disgust unto themselves. If they were eyed with the woman they would be associated with her. Nobody wanted that!
Let’s face it we are all against the woman. Yet at times we can all identify with her. We all try to be the good Samaritan, yet we are basically looked down on as being just a tool, a bother, not worth it, even undesirable. The woman didn’t care about any of that. She was just at the well drawing water.
He knew her..
He saw her.
He welcomed her!
He Changed Her Life!
It was then that Jesus went and dropped the hook with the bait on it.. He offered the well of living water to the woman.
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14
Jesus didn’t really care about, or for, society’s separation of classes. He would step over the lines of sin, race, religion, economics, or location to reach out to people. He was called to seek and find the lost. Whether the lost included undesirables, low/high class, rich or poor, black or white. It really didn’t matter to Jesus. All that mattered to Him was that out of all the people that He came in contact with The Father wanted them all.. He loved them all, and desired to be reconciled to all men.
The church needs to be a Holy Bride, dressed in white without a spot and no matter its location – whether in the East, West, South, or North, it needs to have an open door to the hurting and the poor. Accepting of all people no matter if they are Black, White, or any other Color.
Pastors, Leaders, Supremacist, etc. If you claim to be a Christian and you have something against any man simply because of their color then this may be your final notice to repent.
The Lord will not hold you accountable for loving all men as He Himself loved us!