The Pharisees were becoming jealous of Jesus' popularity and success, so Jesus had to go through Samaria to get back to Galilee. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus sat down by the well to rest while his disciples went into town to buy food.
It was the hottest part of the day, a time when very few people visited the well. A Samaritan woman came to get water and Jesus asked her, “Will you give me a drink?”
The Samaritan woman said Jesus, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” Jews and Samaritans did not get along.”
Jesus answered her, “If you had the gift of God and knew who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked me for a drink and I would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you don't have a cup or a bucket. Where can you get this living water?"
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water (from the well) will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become a spring of water in them... welling up to eternal life.”
The woman was ashamed to come to the well... that's why she did it at the hottest part of the day. She wanted what Jesus spoke about. She said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I will never get thirsty and so I can stop coming here to draw water.”
Jesus knew the reason for her shame. He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now live with is not your husband."
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem... when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The woman only understood part of what Jesus was saying. She said, “I know that the Messiah” (Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I am he.”
Adapted from - John, Chapter 4
To be continued...