We continue today with our journey to see God in Jesus’ teaching. We see how a love-thirsty woman received the Holy Spirit.
This is a familiar story. The ‘notorious’ and scandalous woman came to the well to draw water at noon daily to avoid seeing other residents of the city which considered her an outcast due to her unacceptable love (marriage) life. She had married five times and was then living with a man who was not her husband (possibly someone else’s husband). She met Jesus sitting at the well waiting for her. He had travelled a long way and was tired in His human form. He could have used a bypass to avoid this place but He chose to go there.
The woman came to the same well everyday and nothing happened. She endured the noontime sun and scorching heat, her loneliness and inner hurt and pain. She was tormented physically and mentally every time she came out and no one had bothered to join her. She had no friends. No neighbors. Her boyfriend did not want to marry her and give her respectability.
Jesus was there today. He waited for her. He took the initiative to talk to her. He was kind and gentle exactly like the Father in heaven. God has shown Himself through Jesus that He is love.
For those of us who hunger and thirst for the practical power to live a victorious life which the Holy Spirit can lead us to take and receive, we often feel like this woman.
How did this woman get hers? She went there everyday even though she thought she was doing just routine chores. She heard about praying and worshiping God and longed to know God. She heard about Christ (Messiah) and longed to encounter and see Him. She probably heard her father (from childhood), former husbands, or her current boyfriend talking about all these matters of God. When she had the opportunity she asked questions and hoped that this ‘Rabbi’ or ‘prophet’ (Jesus) could give her her answers.
Jesus not gave her the answers in words. His words are life and spirit. They transformed lives. The power of the Holy Spirit is with Him and in Him. She was healed completely inside out.
John 4 (Please read 4-42, the whole record of Jesus and the Samaritan woman)
Jesus told her He can give her the Holy Spirit but she must want Him:
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
Jesus told her to shift out of her past and present mind-set about God in order to receive the Holy Spirit and live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.
23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Jesus told her she must first want to know Jesus as Christ and announced to her He is the Christ she has been looking for.
25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”[d]
What happened after this supernatural encounter with God (the Father’s unconditional love, the Son’s words of acceptance and forgiveness, the power of the Holy Spirit to convict and convert)? She was transformed!
28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
39 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”