The Samaritan at the well

On his way to Galilee, Jesus stopped at a well in Samaria. We read in the Gospel John, “A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 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.”

Jesus and the woman talked for a while. Christ was recorded to have said, “24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth…

“27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you seek?’ or, ‘Why are you talking with her?’” English Standard Version

This event apparently took place rather early in Jesus’ ministry. It’s chockfull of lessons.

  • -Christ Jesus was objective.
  • -The message Jesus shared was uncomplicated and fruitful.
  • -The woman was content with the shift in thought about worship that Jesus presented to her. She didn’t expect a “sign.”
  • -The disciples marveled yet kept their mouths shut. They didn’t protest when Jesus listened to the woman and then spoke to her in a way she understood.

Interestingly, the woman returned to her city and told other Samaritans about Jesus, who then invited Jesus to stay with them for a few days. Many recognized Christ.

From 21st Century Science and Health, Christ is defined as “The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.”

The incarnate error of restricting Christ to a nation or ethnic group has been destroyed. And, Christ isn’t pushy. Christ offers spiritual truths without expecting us to be like Jesus. We can be who we are.


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