John 4:5-26 (27-42)
Better than Bottled Water
So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near
the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's
well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting
by the well. It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus
said to her, "Give me a drink." (His disciples had gone
to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, "How
is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?"
(Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered
her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is
saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and
he would have given you living water." The woman said to
him, "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where
do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor
Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks
drank from it?" Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks
of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the
water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that
I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to
eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me
this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming
here to draw water."
Well, Well, What Have We Here ...
Cartoon Cool Stuff
This woman is not only a Samaritan (an outcast to the
Jews) but is even an outcast within her Samaritan community. Yet
Jesus chooses her to reveal God's gift of grace. The effect is
twofold for the woman at the well - she is no longer an outcast
of heaven or her community. Had any really good water lately?
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