The Samaritan Woman


The story of the Samaritan woman (John 4:4-42) is quite revealing. We learn about Jesus’ conversation with a lone woman who had come to get water from Jacob’s well in Samaria. She was an extraordinary woman because of race, despised by Jews, and prejudice, despised by her own people as immoral.

The story contains other valuable truths:

“Only through Jesus can we obtain and receive eternal life: Jesus answered, ‘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.’”  (John 4:13-14)

Jesus’ ministering to the outcasts Samaritans reveals that all people are valuable to God and that Jesus desires that we demonstrate love to everyone . . . even our enemies.  (John 4:7-9)

“Jesus is the Messiah.”  (John 4:25-26)

“Those who worship God, worship Him in spirit and truth.”  (John 4:23-24)

“Our testimony about Jesus is the most powerful tool to lead others to believe in Him: Many of the Samaritans of that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’ When the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.'”  (John 4:39-42)

“Salvation comes only to those who recognize their desperate need for spiritual life. Living water can be obtained only by those who recognize that they are spiritually thirsty, confess and repent of their sin and desire forgiveness, and accept Jesus as their Messiah, because salvation is found only in Him.”  (John 14:6)

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