Jesus Encounters – The Woman at the Well
Stories of Life Transformation
Any true, long-lasting transformation starts with an encounter with Jesus.
You can find the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:1-42. This woman, who was living a broken and sinful life, experienced an encounter with Jesus that changed her forever.
As she went to draw water from the well, Jesus asked her for a drink. His simple request opened the door of her heart to a conversation that would lead to her salvation. Jesus spoke to her about living water, and she came to understand that He offered her the gift of eternal life.
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14 RSV).
He tells her that whoever drinks the water He gives them will never thirst. He’s referring to the living water that He offers. Different from the regular water she’s drawing from the well, it’s the eternal life that Jesus offers. It’s a metaphor for the salvation that He offers. The living water Jesus offers will be a spring of water welling up to eternal life, which is a life-changing transformation.
Once an outcast in her community, she went back to her village and told everyone about the man who had told her everything she had ever done. And even though she remained nameless in the Bible, her transformation story caused many in her community to believe in Jesus.
Her story is a powerful example of God’s love for you.
No matter how broken or sinful you may feel, Jesus eagerly offers forgiveness and new life for anyone who will receive from Him. All you need to do is come to Him in faith.
Later in the book of John, Jesus speaks in front of many people during a festival. He calls out to anyone who is thirsty to come to Him and drink (John 7:37). Again, Jesus is offering something that will quench a deep spiritual thirst.
How have you been transformed by the love and grace of Jesus? All He asks of you is to come to Him with an open heart, ready to receive the gift of eternal life.
Because of the transformation in the woman at the well’s life and her willingness to share what Jesus had done in her, people believed.
What are people believing about Jesus because of your words?
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May we, like the woman at the well, experience the transformative power of Jesus in our lives. May we live in the hope and joy that comes from knowing Him. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”
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