The Samaritan woman still does not know whom this man is who sits before her talking about living water. She still thinks He is talking about water as a natural resource. But she is interested. She wants this water He offers!
Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw (John 4:15).
And Jesus answers in a way that seems totally out of left field.
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet” (John 4:16-19).
I love how she is totally honest with Jesus, admitting she has no husband. When He reveals details He could not have known, her response in verse nineteen establishes the reason for His revelation:
Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
She is beginning to see He is something special. She sees He is a prophet; but it is not enough to know Jesus as prophet. He is engaging her in a conversation through which He is revealing the truth of who He really is.
“Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:20-24).
He continues to challenge her religion versus true worship. He continues to reveal truth and what it means to be a true worshiper. There is one way to worship the Father, and Jesus is telling her that one day it is neither going to be the way the Jews do it nor the Samaritans. God who is Spirit must be worshiped in spirit and truth, not in a certain place at a certain time in a certain way, as was all she knew!
And here comes the big reveal! We think we have cornered the market on post-worthy reveals like gender reveals and engagement reveals and homecoming and prom reveals, but if social media would have been around in Jesus’ day, this reveal surely would have gone viral!
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He” (John 4:25-26).
He does exactly what she has been taught the Messiah will do! The Messiah when HE comes will tell them all things! His “random” diversions talking about her husband/husbands are His exact plan to do exactly what she has been told He will do!
In letting her know He knows she has had five husbands and the one she is living with is not her husband, He is showing her He knows all things about her. He reveals the truth of her sin, and she answers honestly what He already knows.
Whatever is going on in our lives – public or private, secret or obvious – Jesus knows. Nothing is hidden. Jesus will address our sin so we will see the truth of it as sin. He will bring it into the light of His presence so we can find forgiveness.
And He is saying to us:
I who speak to you am He.
I am the gift.
I am the source of living water.
I am He.
Jesus knows it is not enough for her to see Him as a prophet; she must see Him as Messiah – the Promised One, sent to take away the sins of the world, to pay the price of our sins so by His blood we have a way to be made right with God once and for eternity!
Is Jesus revealing Himself to you?
I who speak to you am He!
Maybe for the first time, or maybe you only know Him as a prophet, but not yet as Messiah. Maybe you know Jesus as Messiah, but you have a Jacob’s well of your own from which you draw water that leaves you thirsty.
Are you at the well with Jesus? Is He saying to you:
I am eternal life.
I am a spring of living water that satisfies your every soul need.
I AM HE!
Will you ask Him for living water? Will you ask Him to satisfy your soul thirst so you will not ever have to come back to your Jacob’s well to draw for a need that is now entirely and eternally satisfied in Him?
When we go to Jesus – when He is the well we draw from – He gives us living water that springs up unto everlasting life.
It is eternal.
It never runs dry.
It is always springing up.
When we draw from Jesus, not only does He satisfy our need for Him, but He also fills us with what we need to pour into others – His living water becomes in us a fountain of water springing up into eternal life!
Imagine how our lives, marriages and families would change if we drew from Jesus and received His living water. What if Jesus became in us a fountain springing up in us from which we could then pour into our husbands, kids, grandkids, friends, aging parents, bosses, employees, co-workers, neighbors, people we serve with in the community, people we go to church with, and so on?
Jesus is the only source of living water to satisfy our eternal thirst for salvation; when He reveals Himself as the very satisfaction for our souls and as living water for every soul thirst we have, He supplies what only He can give, which is exactly what we need for the time we are here on this earth.
Jesus is exact!
Jesus meets us at our exact point of need to reveal Himself as exactly what we need!
Depending on how you might have answered some of these questions, I encourage you to talk to Jesus. Engage in the conversation. Or talk to me by leaving me a comment or sending me an email through my Contact Me page. Talk to a friend you know has a personal relationship with Jesus and can answer your questions.
Say to Jesus: “Give me this water.”
If you have never put your faith in Jesus, all it takes to receive living water that springs up into everlasting life is faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. If you have questions about exactly what salvation is, what it means and how to get it, see The One Way of Salvation for a detailed explanation.
Jesus will meet us at our Jacob’s well because He wants to be the only well from which we draw for the satisfaction He knows we need and only He can give. And when Jesus is our well, all is well with our souls.