Jesus is waiting for you to come. He is sitting, waiting.
Have you ever had to wait for someone? Did you know they were coming? My chauffeuring days are over, but I can vividly remember the years of dropping off and waiting on my children at one of their activities. The longest wait was always the pick-up line after school. You either had to get their super early to get a good spot in the front or be late and avoid the line. My kids always let me know that they hated to be the last to be picked up. So, I was always in the first 10 cars of the line, waiting patiently (20+ minutes) for them to walk out of the school. But why did I sit there that long each and every day of the school year? Because my most beloved children were going to be walking out of those doors and I wanted to be there to greet them each and every day. I love them so much that I would sit and wait patiently for them each and every single day.
Today in our reading of the Samaritan woman, John 4:1-42, we see Jesus, sitting, waiting. I do not believe it was coincidence that Jesus was sitting at the side of the well when the Samaritan woman showed up to get her daily water. Jesus knew she would be coming at that time. A time when the well was empty of people, she did not want to be around others for she was ashamed. Ashamed of her past and who she was.
Can you imagine the face of Jesus as she walked up to the well? As He was waiting for her, he probably smiled knowing that He was going to offer her her true hope and life. He knew everything about her already. He knew she had 5 husbands and was living with a man whom she was not married. He knew she was a Samaritan.
The Samaritans had once been Jews, they knew all about the coming Messiah and the Jewish law. But, they had intermarried with people of other faiths. They had brought new gods into their land, and as a result, they knew that they would be excluded when the Messiah came. They also knew where they stood in the eyes of the Jews.
All of the above matters made it even more unbelievable to the woman that this Jewish man sitting on the side of the well would speak to her.
Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” Jesus answered her, “if you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you the living water.” Because she was not a jew, she knew that salvation would not be coming for her. That was, until this moment in time, when Jesus spoke to her.
Jesus told her about all that was going on in her home. He spoke to her about all that was heavy on her heart, all of her shame, he knew. At this moment she knew he was different. How did he know so much about her? How did He know exactly what she needed to hear?
The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming-the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus tole her, “I Am the Messiah!”
As soon as the Samaritan woman hears these words, she leaves her jar of water and runs back to the town to tell the people everything that she just experienced.
The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
The whole village came to see what she was speaking of. She did not hesitate and was not afraid to tell what had just happened at the well. And because she shared her story, others came to check out Jesus and see what He was really about. When they met Jesus they asked him to stay in their village, and he did so he could tell His message and more could believe.
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.”
This is our calling! Not to make others believe, but to tell of what we have experienced with Jesus. To tell our story of what He has done for us. Then let Jesus minister to them and so that they will know He is the Savior of the world.
Jesus is waiting on us to come to Him. He sees each of us coming and is waiting. We may not have to walk to a well to get water, but we have so many tasks we have to complete in a day. Maybe it is walking to the washing machine to put in another load of laundry. Maybe it is walking from the parking lot into our building where we work or go to school. God is right in front of us waiting for us to come to Him. He knows all of our past and shame. But, just as He did with the Samaritan woman, he looks past it and wants to offer His love and Salvation. Then He wants us to share our story!