Jesus Changes Everything

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” (John 4:28-29 NIV)

Who doesn’t know the account of Jesus and the woman at the well? If, somehow, you missed it, please review the whole thing at John 4:1 – 42. It’s a wonderful account of how Jesus related to one individual to impact a whole town. Today we are only looking at two verses of this account. To cover that whole story would take hours.

The unnamed woman came to the well. No surprise here, this was the way it was done. Except this woman chose to come to the well at noon. When reading the whole narrative we can see why. She was a shamed woman. The Samaritans were Jews, sort of. They claim to be Jews that follow the Law as written in the first five books of the Old Testament. They believe that after the captivity in Babylon Judaism was corrupted and refuse to follow the Jewish rabbis. So they knew that this woman was a sinner extraordinaire.   Married five times and now living with a man that she wasn’t married to. She was shamed and didn’t associate with the other women in the village. It was most likely a mutual decision. They didn’t want her and she didn’t want to hear their murmuring.

Than Jesus stopped by. Jesus knew exactly when this woman would be drawing water. There was no surprised, “What are you doing here at this time?” when He saw her. It was noon, it was hot and Jesus wanted a drink of water. So he asked for one. Despite being a Jew who would never think of drinking from a cup or ladle that had been used by a Samaritan, Jesus asked her for water. First He talked to her and then He implied that He would use her utensils. Shock after shock. Then Jesus did something supernatural. He became “the man who told me everything I have ever done.” (v29)

This sent the retiring, shameful woman into town telling everyone she could that maybe she found the Messiah! For her, Jesus changed everything.

How about you? Jesus still changes everything. Addicts are set free. The lame are still made whole. The blind are still made to see. Jesus changes everything.

Do you need a change? Talk to Jesus about your situation. Sometimes the change is that He will be walking with you in the middle of the trial. Sometimes He changes the situations to eliminate the trial. Jesus didn’t get rid of the woman’s past, He simply made her past irrelevant.

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