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The woman said to him,
“Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty
or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Let’s set the scene:
In a Gospel (John)- primarily concerned about relationship, Jesus – sitting alone at a well in what many would consider enemy territory, strikes up a conversation with a woman of said enemy territory, who has been deemed an outsider by even her own community.
And what a conversation it is!
Jesus needs something this woman has (water) and in asking for it, he opens up a conversation of mutual vulnerability and gives her something in return as well.
She is seen.
They have this entire theological conversation where they are both equally engaged in it and at the end, Jesus tells this woman, this outcast, overlooked, ignored, Samaritan woman, that he is the messiah.
It’s an astounding moment.
And that woman, the one no one else saw,
Runs back into town, to the people who have deemed her as less than,
And tells them to come and see.
Come and see this man who looked at me, who saw me, all of me, and offered me living water.
She has come face to face with Jesus and she cannot keep it to herself for one second longer.
This story, with all the tiny details, important context, and hefty theological content,
Holds important truths for us as followers of Christ.
Because we also know who he is.
And we have also been seen.
He knows us.
Inside and out.
And he looks at us and calls us beloved and has given us the living water,
Just as he did to the woman at the well so long ago.
Questions for Discussion:
Listen to the sermon from this Sunday. Along with the compelling story of Nicodemus, we take a look at the life changing power of being welcomed into the worshiping community. Watch for your own opportunity to invite someone into the presence of God.