The woman at the well
The woman at the well is a story in the Bible about a woman who has had many husbands and is currently living with a man who is not her husband. Jesus meets her at the well and tells her that he knows about her past and that he has living water that can quench her thirst forever.
The woman at the well is an intriguing character. She is a Samaritan, a people who were despised by the Jews. Yet she is seeking truth and open to conversation. She has had five husbands and is now living with a man. We don’t know her back story, but we can guess that she has not had an easy life.
This woman is searching for something more and Jesus offers her Living Water. She is so excited by this offer that she leaves her water jar behind and goes into town to tell everyone about this man who knows her whole story and still loves her.
The woman at the well reminds us that we are all searching for something more in life and that Jesus offers us Living Water to satisfy that thirst. No matter our past or our present situation, we are loved by God and He offers us hope for the future.
Why she was there
There are a few possible reasons given by commentators as to why the woman at the well was there. Some say that she was there to get water for her home, as it was her turn to fetch water for the day. Others say that she was there to wash some of her clothes. It is also possible that she was there to meet someone, as the well was a common place for people to gather.
Jesus and the woman
It was while he was on the cross that Jesus said, “Woman, behold your son,” and to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” (John 19:26-27). In uttering these words, Jesus was not merely addressing the woman and the disciple. He was also addressing all of us.
The conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well is recorded in John 4. It is a deep and personal conversation between two people who are searching for the truth. The woman has been searching for love and meaning in her life, and she has not found it in her relationships with men. She has come to the well to find water, but she finds something much more valuable – she finds Jesus.
Jesus tells the woman that he can offer her living water, which will satisfy her thirst forever. The woman is impressed by Jesus’ knowledge of her, and she begins to believe that he may be the Messiah. She asks him to come and stay with her, but Jesus says that he must go to Jerusalem. However, he promises that he will come back one day.
The woman leaves her waterpot at the well and goes into town to tell others about Jesus. She is the first person to witness to others about him, and she brings many people to believe in him.
What he told her
“Woman, behold your son.” With these words, Jesus entrusts his mother to the care of the beloved disciple. He speaks from the cross, giving her a charge that will shape the rest of her life.
Jesus had always had a special relationship with his mother. Even as a young boy, he was obedient to her (Luke 2:51). In his adulthood, he looked after her welfare (Matthew 12:46-50; John 19:25-27). Now, as he hangs dying on the cross, he shows his deep love for her by entrusting her to the care of another.
This moment must have been bittersweet for Mary. She had watched her son suffer and die a slow and painful death. And yet, even in the midst of this great tragedy, she was given the blessed opportunity to care for him one last time. As she stood at the foot of the cross, she must have been filled with both sorrow and joy.
The words that Jesus spoke to his mother are also significant for us today. In entrusting Mary to the care of John, Jesus is showing us that our primary loyalty should be to God and not to our earthly families. This doesn’t mean that we should neglect our families; rather, it means that we should put God first in our lives. When we do this, our relationships with our family and friends will be stronger and more fulfilling.
The woman’s reaction
As the woman sees her dead son she is filled with so many emotions. Grief, Horror, Outrage, and even a sense of relief. She had no idea how she was going to make it through the day, let alone the rest of her life.
Who she went to tell
The woman went to the disciples because she knew they would be able to do something. The fact that Jesus had appeared to her meant that he had risen from the dead and she wanted them to know. The disciples were the people who would be able to spread the word and make sure that people knew what had happened.
What they said about Jesus
The woman’s reaction to Jesus was one of shock and awe. She was amazed that he had the power to heal her son and even more amazed that he was willing to do it. The other people who were present were also amazed at Jesus’ power and his willingness to help this woman.