Originally posted 3/20/14
“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.
“I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.
Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband – for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!” (John 4:16-18)
Read: Deuteronomy 29:2 – 31:29
Relate: What an abrupt change of topic. Jesus had her. He spoke about living water and at first she didn’t understand, but then she said, “Yes. I want this.” Jesus obviously didn’t take any evangelism explosion classes. He clearly needed to go back to a basic witnessing 101 class. He already made the sale, now He should be having her bow her head so He could lead her in a sinner’s prayer. Instead He makes a counter-intuitive jump to what we would think should have been an untouchable topic.
Did you ever wonder why Jesus made this abrupt change? He came to earth and lived a perfect life to live as a model and an example for us. So what is the example here? What is the lesson we can learn from this? Sometimes we can get so lost in the uniqueness, the divinity of Christ, that we forget that He was also human just as we are. Yes, there were times where Jesus had special knowledge. When the paralyzed man was carried through the roof scripture says Jesus knew what was in the minds of those listening. Was Jesus given a gift of knowledge concerning this woman here at the well? Or perhaps it was something simpler than that. Was there something to the way she was dressing or carrying herself? Did the tone of her voice or the look in her eyes carry a flirtatious hint? Perhaps there was something to the very fact she approached the well when He was there or maybe how she was looking around to see if anybody else was watching.
React: Whatever the reason, what is clear was that Jesus’ focus was all on her. It wasn’t simply a bucket list accomplishment: First female Samaritan disciple… check. He wasn’t just reading off a playbook for how to win a heathen for God: “First water, now husbands, then prophets, mountains, worship, Spirit, and close with a personal revelation. Guaranteed to work at least eighty percent of the time.” No, Jesus’ sole concern was the Samaritan woman’s relationship with God. Wherever the knowledge came from, however He knew, Jesus knew that the Samaritan woman had issues of failure, of sin, that needed to be dealt with. She didn’t just need to repeat some prayer, she needed healing.
God, help me to remember that we need to be about more than just making converts. There are hurting broken people who desperately need a healing that only You can provide. Sometimes, being Your ambassadors of that healing might mean we need to broach topics that we might rather avoid. Things might have to get a little uncomfortable. Help us, in sharing You, to be sensitive to the true needs and deeper longings of those we are sharing with. Help us to be sensitive to the leading of Your Spirit. You are the healer. Help us to walk in step with You as You are about that task.