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The Samaritan Woman of the Well
by Kathy Barnes
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The Samaritan Woman of the Well
John 4:1-30

“Stop! Men stop! Listen to me! Come see a man who told me everything I ever did, surely he can’t be the Messiah, can He? I need to know. Please come with me to see Him at the well.”

I went to Jacob’s well today, as I must everyday to get the water I need to live. I went at noon, the heat of the day, to avoid anybody being there. I can’t bring myself to go in the cool of the morning when everybody else does; for then I would have to face them in the light of day. You see I have been married and divorced five times. Is it not enough that five men have promised to love and care for me, then rejected me, and left me with nothing but broken dreams and shame? Must I also bear the looks of the other women who gossip about me wanting to steal their husbands too? How worthless I must be that even among the Samaritan heathens, I am an outcast? It is not as if I don’t have enough fears and doubts on my own. Why I am unlovable?

I met a man there today, a strange man, unlike any other. You could tell by his dress that he was Jew. He spoke to me, and asked me for a cup of water. He seemed to be unaware of common knowledge and I did not believe my ears. First, the Jews hate Samaritans and call us half-breeds. Most will cross the Jordan River twice and walk two days around the city of Sychar, just to avoid setting foot on our ground. Jews considered vessels of the Samarian unholy and would not touch them. Second, he spoke to me. Granted being a traveler he would not know my shame, but then again decent men did not speak to any woman in public, and not with respect. Women are something to be used
and discarded in the wee hours of the night.

I asked him how he a Jew could ask me for water, and he said that I should be asking him for Living water that never runs dry. Can you imagine not having to go to the well everyday to get water or water that permanently quenches one’s thirst?

I asked him, “How could this be?”

He said he had a source that I did not know.

I asked him, “How I could get some of this water? I wanted it.”

He told me to go and get my husband. I did not want to get into my life story so I told him I had none.

He said, “I spoke the truth that I had had 5 and the one I was with was not mine.”

I was amazed. I had never seen this man, he could not have known. What is more, there was compassion in his voice not contempt. Then he went on and told me everything I had ever done. He told me every lie I had ever told, every indiscretion I had ever had, everything I had ever stolen and more. I saw how guilty I was before God. But somehow, I saw love in His eyes.

I said that He must be a prophet. I was ignorant and asked if we should worship on Mt. Gerizim as the Samarians believed or in Jerusalem as the Jews believed. His answer was not what I expected for he said neither; the place was not important but the way was. One can only come to God as the Bible says through the Messiah.

I said, “Yes, I know that Messiah is coming.”

He said, “The Messiah is here. I am He.”

He could not be the Messiah, could he? We have been looking for the Messiah all our lives. Could it be that He would come to me, who is the lowest of sinners? Could it be that He would not condemn me, but would show me love? No one else has loved me, how could He? I have to find out! I have to know if this Jesus Christ could be the Messiah.

This man has changed my life forever. Please come and listen to him. He will change your life too. Can you accept him as Savior? I know that he is mine.

Kathy Barnes

Heaven or Hell the choice is yours. Can you live with your choice?

There is no person Jesus won’t touch or answer when they ask forgiveness, desperate people, discourage people, suffering people, grieving people, tormented people, imperfect people, trashy people, weak people, fearful people, doubtful people, different looking people, those that have made a mess out of their lives, murders, thieves, liars, those guilt of sexual aversions, those that are holier than thou on the outside and dead on the inside. He loves them all but not their sin. He has made away out through the cross. All have a choice to make heaven or hell, to believe or not.

All it takes is a statement: Lord, if your are real I want to know you not just about you. Show yourself to me become real in my life. I need You.

Plan of Salvation
1. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Roman 8:23
2. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
3. Admit you are a sinner: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us. 1 John 1:9 Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7
4. We were therefore buried with Him through baptism. Romans 6:4
5. Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18
6. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10

Salvation Prayer
Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that you died for me on the cross and rose again to give eternal life. I ask you to forgive me of my sins and take total control of my life. Thank You for saving me and making me your child. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

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