We don’t like to admit it, but at times many of us enjoy a bit of ‘juicy gossip’. Am I right? I’m not quite sure exactly; why our human nature is such that when we hear of another’s failure, our egos get a little boost. Sort of like a ‘holier than thou’ attitude. Somehow, we get a small tingling of satisfaction when a person of prestige is brought low. I know it’s wrong and isn’t Christ-like. Actually, we’re supposed to build up rather than tear down. Let’s examine how Jesus handled a similar situation with a woman he met in Sychar as she drew water from Jacob’s well.
Turning our thoughts toward a nameless woman, better known as the ‘Samaritan woman’, we find her story in John’s gospel chapter four. During Jesus’ time on earth, most Biblical scholars agree women generally came in groups to collect water—either earlier or later in the day to avoid the sun’s heat. Yet, the Samaritan woman came to the well alone; perhaps, to avoid sneers or maybe shame but we really aren’t privileged to know.
Whatever the reason, it’s likely she felt some sort of shunning. Surely, the town folks knew of her five previous husbands and about her living with a man who wasn’t her husband. For me personally, I’m glad this story made it in the scriptures. It gives me hope because I’ve messed up a gazillion times and still, Jesus takes me back.
Jesus knew all about this lady and of her marginal, parched and undesirable life. He also knew only ‘living water’ heals wounded souls. That very day, He met her deepest need. Running to tell the neighborhood about her encounter with Jesus she exclaimed, “Come, see a Man Who has told me everything that I ever did! Can this be [is not this] the Christ? [Must not this be the Messiah, the Anointed One?]” (John 4:29 Amp)
Astonishingly, several people believed on Jesus because of the Samaritan woman’s testimony. Fact is, Jesus stayed two more days ministering in that city and many received salvation, accepting Him as Savior (John 4:40-42). By the time Jesus finished teaching and proclaiming good news to the residents in that village, He was the talk of the town—in a good way!
“Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:22-25 NKJV).