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Here is a huge story for those of us in recovery. Think about this woman at the well in Samaria. “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. )”. First of all, here is a woman coming to draw water to drink…but why is she all alone?? Second, there is that thing with Jesus, where he’s always talking to “those people,” those rejected and looked down upon by most in Jesus’ society. Let’s skip ahead – “He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”” Now maybe we understand why she’s all alone, instead of with a group of women. This woman is probably alone because she wants it that way. She’s had 5 different marriages and is now living with a man she hasn’t bothered to make #6 yet. She’s probably alone because she’s coming at a time of day when she thinks no one else will be there. When all the people who know her story, who talk behind her back, who judge her, will not be there.
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Fast forward again – “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?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.” What’s happening here? Suddenly, the women who is avoiding all those people in town is running to all those who already know her garbage. She’s running to them to tell them she’s net a man who knew everything about her. A man who knew everything that THEY knew about…but did not judge her. Who loved her as she was.
But…look at this also about what Jesus did here. He is always so counter to our modern culture. We accept the lie that we can’t speak the truth to anyone today. We accept the lie that Jesus doesn’t care about our sins. That it doesn’t matter what we do or how we live, because it’s all acceptable to Jesus. Really!! Jesus Christ died for our sins!! And we think he doesn’t care about them?? He never felt the worldly pleasure that sin can bring, but he felt ALL the pain…
If we have a friend who’s heading off a cliff, we are afraid to speak up because we don’t want to “offend” anyone. Jesus does not accept this. He called this woman on her lifestyle. He didn’t pretend she had it all together. He told her the truth in love. Just as he always did. Not many Christians today have this courage to speak the truth in love. But if we are not speaking the truth to people, are we really loving them? Is it possible to love without the truth? How many of us in recovery would be dead if someone in our lives had not spoken truth to us that we did not want to hear?
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“Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. ) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 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?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.””
John 4:1-30, 39-42 NIV