The living water that Jesus offers is for everyone. Jesus chose to talk with a Samaritan woman who was a social and moral outcast in her community. Jesus crossed multiple social lines by even asking her for a drink. This unlikely conversation led an unnamed woman to realize that the thirst of her soul could only be satisfied by what Jesus had to offer because he is the Messiah. Jesus reveals that he is the great “I AM” who has come to meet the deepest needs of every person.
Jesus has come into our world so that we might believe and have eternal life. This offer is for everyone regardless of who they are, where they come from, or what their past has been.
- Have you ever tried to find meaning and purpose apart from Jesus? What kinds of things did you pursue in order satisfy the longing of your soul? Was the result really satisfying.
- John 4:9 What social and religious barriers does Jesus break by his simple request for a drink? Why did Jesus break the social protocol to speak with the woman?
- What do we learn about Jesus’ character from His meeting with this woman?
- What does Jesus offer to both Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman? What is the central message in his conversations with “righteous” Nic and the “unrighteous” woman?
- Jesus does not confront her with the truth about God or her life. How did Jesus gently lead her to the the truth with invitation and curiosity? How might you use this approach to engage a person about the gospel?
- What did the woman do as soon as she left the well? Do you think that she went to the same people that she may have been trying to avoid by coming to the well at the sixth hour (noon)?
- What was the woman’s message to the people she rushed into town to tell about Jesus? How much did she know about Jesus? Was what she knew enough to convince people to come and see Jesus? Why wasn’t this woman afraid to tell people about Jesus?