The woman said to him, “I know the Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” John 4:25-26
“Go, call your husband, and come here,” Jesus says to the woman at the well after she expresses interest in the water He offers. But He knows she needs more than physical water. He knows she needs to acknowledge her need for the spiritual water He offers. No time to mince words, He gets right to the heart of the matter.
"I have no husband," she quickly responds. Why? Why do we have to go here, I imagine her asking herself. The truth is, she had five previous husbands, and the man she is with now is not her husband. It’s part of her shameful past and shameful present. This is her life. Almost in sync with her silent reflection, Jesus speaks it all out loud. He knows. He knows of the husbands. He knows of her current living situation. He knows she is a Samaritan, a woman, a sinner and He is still speaking to her. And the kindness with which He speaks…she has never experienced anything like it. Ever. It is all too much to take in. Change the subject… she tells herself. Think, think. Ahhh, a long-debated religious disagreement between our people… “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship,” she blurts out.
He isn’t distracted or diverted though. He explains that the time is coming – now; here even – when the Father will be worshiped in spirit and truth. He is looking for such people to worship.
This is feeling too personal; too close to home. Her head spinning; the questions too vast to verbalize as she responds, “I know the Messiah is coming…He will tell us all things.” She doesn’t understand, but she knows who can.
“I who speak to you am he,” Jesus replies.
To be continued…
Question: Are you comforted knowing God knows everything about you – the good and the bad – and still pursues you? Think on this today.