The Samaritan Woman’s Story
John 4:3 – He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. (Verse 2) But He needed to go through Samaria. (Many Jews walked around this city to avoid it. However, the Bible says Jesus needed to go through it.)
(Verse 5) So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. (Verse 6) Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. (Noon) (Verse 7) A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
Every person needs an encounter with Jesus. Here we have the Master Himself teaching us how to guide someone into an encounter with Him. If you are going to help someone have an encounter with Jesus Christ:
Don’t argue with them.
There is an entire realm of demonic spirits trying to keep people from coming to Jesus and they will try their best to use words to start an argument. Jesus was never drawn in to argue with this woman at the well, although the enemy tried many times. Jesus never argued with Satan either.
There are three areas in this story that the enemy tried to get Jesus to argue with him. (a) Race: (Verse 9) Then the woman of Samaria said to HIm, “How is it You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
There had been friction between the Samaritans and the Jews for a very long time. There was also friction by her being a woman and saying anything to her. So this woman thought Jesus didn’t understand that because of her race and gender, He wasn’t to address her.
However, Jesus never even addresses the fact that she is a Samaritan or a woman. Why? Because race is a man-made barrier! It is not God made! Don’t ever let race, culture, ethnicity, social status, or gender, stop you from talking to a soul that needs Jesus.
Most bigots think one race is more evolved than another. And most racist people believe in evolution instead of creation or they mix the two. However, we were all created in the image of God! Evolution is not only un-Scriptural, but it’s also unconstitutional. Because our constitution says that we were created equal and we have rights given to us by our Creator.
The second thing we are not to do is: (b) Try to reason with them. (Verse 11) The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?” That’s a reasonable question. Jesus was talking on a spiritual level and she’s talking on a natural level.
When we talk to someone that needs Christ, we do it on a spiritual level. But their understanding is not there. People don’t realize that they are qualified to be a witness if they’ve had a face to face encounter with Jesus. You don’t have to know the answer to every question they ask. Here’s the third reason we don’t want to argue: (c) Religion
John 4:20 – “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus still never argued. He didn’t tell her why they were the true worshipers and her religion was wrong. If Jesus didn’t argue that, then neither should we!
Religion is also a man-made barrier. Religion is man’s attempt to get to God. Christ is God’s attempt to get to man. This is never about religion, it’s about a relationship. If we want someone to have an encounter with Jesus, just talk.
John 4:7 – A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” Don’t you think Jesus could have gotten His own water? He wanted a conversation with this woman and the only reason He started talking to her was to help her. He knew where the conversation was going to end up before He started it.
If we just start a conversation with their favorite subject, they’ll talk back. What is everyone’s favorite subject? Themselves! They’ll tell us about their children, their job, where they grew up and so on. We will never lead people into a face to face encounter with Jesus if we never talk to them and act like we are truly interested.
We can talk to them about Abundant Life. John 4:10 – Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Every person wants abundant life. Every person wants peace and joy in their life. Every Christian should be able to tell others about the peace of mind and joy that they have now but didn’t have before Christ came into their lives. That is not imposing religion on someone. People can and will argue about everything under the sun, but when we tell someone our story of how we came to Christ, they can’t argue with that. We have proof!
Titus 3:9 – But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Talking about someone’s race and religion and even reasoning with them is all useless. You will never get to the point.
John 4:13 – Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, (Verse 14) “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Every person, even if they say they don’t believe in life after death, wants to know about life after death. God put that curiosity in them, in all of us.
We then need to talk to them about sin.
John 4:16 – Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” (Verse 17) The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ (Verse 18) for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that, you spoke truly.” (Verse 19) The woman said to Him, “Sir, I have perceived that You are a prophet.”
It is alright to talk about sin, but we don’t do it with a condemning attitude or tone. One of the barriers that Satan throws up is making the lost think that we, as believers, think we are better than them because we are saved. We simply tell them that we are not better than them but have received forgiveness and grace and they can too.
Then we need to tell them about a relationship that they too can have with the Savior.
John 4:21 – Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. (Verse 22) “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. (Verse 23) “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. (Verse 24) “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
If you will continue reading this story, you will see that this encounter with Jesus changed her life. She went to the whole city and told them about a Man that told her all the things she ever did. Jesus knew all about her and He still loved her, just like us! We need to tell people not to judge how much God loves them by the way some “so-called Christians or preachers act!” Tell them Jesus loves them so much that He died for them to have a relationship with Him.
These relationships we have with the unbelievers may take time, but we don’t browbeat them into submission. We love them and tell them that they are deeply loved by the only One that can give them what they need in their life – forgiveness!