Jesus looks up at the sun, straight overhead, and squints his eyes. It’s midday, almost time. He’s tired, but not particularly thirsty. Still, He will ask her for a drink when she arrives. He sits on the edge of Jacob’s Well and peeks into the well. He’s pleased to find it has water. Had it been midsummer, He would have likely found it dry. He smiles and laughs at Himself. Of course, it has water. His Father has flawlessly prepared everything.
“Give me a drink,” He says with a smile when the woman arrives. It’s his way of striking up a conversation.
The look on her face when He speaks is priceless. He’s caught her off guard, which means she will speak candidly. That’s what He wants. Be open and honest with me, and I will touch your heart.
“What do you want with me? You’re a Jew and I’m a Samaritan.” She seems incredulous.
He is patient with her, but not direct; He speaks to her in a parable, for He wants her to ponder His words carefully. “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
He searches her heart and reveals it to her, for no one can truly know her own heart. He presents her with the opportunity to fill the emptiness inside her, to truly fill the void in her life, and that it’s something she has tried to do for years. To thirst no more; what wonderment. What blessedness.
He reveals to her her sin, but not in a condemning way. He knows that she has already condemned herself. He knows that she also feels the condemnation of the Law. He also knows that she has felt that way her entire life. A second-class citizen, a phony, a woman of ill-repute. She has heard it all. Because she knows that her life displeases God, He offers her hope as an alternative to condemnation.
“…the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Jesus sees that she is beginning to comprehend. “I know that the Messiah is coming, and that He shall reveal to us all things.”
Jesus looks deep into her eyes to be sure He has her full attention. What He tells her shall change her life forever. Very slowly and carefully he tells her,
“I… who speak to you… Am He.”