Jesus was indeed a revolutionary. He was constantly demonstrating that He had come to initiate great reform and that things would not be as they had always been. Jesus lived to disturb the status quo. That is why, no matter where Jesus ministered, there were those who were unhappy with Him.
John 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.
5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
The entire text is about CHANGE! Jesus was going to enact a well-needed change.
Let take note:
- It was a needful change. The change had to take place. Many times, one gets used to things being as they have always been, and that attitude or mindset can be a stumbling block to change that is needed. Do not fear change. Do not fear the unknown. All that is known today was once unknown.
- Jesus went to the old place, the place of historical significance. You must be willing to confront what must be changed. That place was important historically. It was Jacob’s well. Why is that important? Well, note that it is Jacob’s well and not Israel’s well. (Recall Jacob was renamed Israel.) The well represented the “old” Jacob and his “wrong” spirit. Jacob was selfish and thought of himself before others. Therefore, the well represented a place of selfishness and a place where it was about an individual and not about others.
- It was the hottest time of the day and Jesus was weary. He was physically tired. Jesus sat on the well; He sat on the ‘mouth” of the well. Jesus blocked the entrance of the well. That would signify that Jesus was going to supply the woman with another type of water, rather than what she was used to. At times, God will block your normal way of doing things because He desires that you do something different in order to get different results.
- The woman entered the scene. Jesus asked her for a drink. There was so much wrong with that request! That woman is an “unclean” Samaritan and Jews were to have nothing to do with Samaritans; it was the Jewish law. Yet, Jesus was about to fulfill the Law, and, therefore, Jesus would do exactly what the law forbids Him to do. The life work of Jesus was about reconciling Jew and Gentile, male and female, etc.
- The disciples were sent into town to get food. Jesus avoided the criticism of His disciples on that occasion. Oh, how they would have complained and even rebuked Jesus for dealing with that sinful woman.
Understand that the saving grace of Jesus did what the law would not do. Jesus does not consider your past when he decides to save you from your sins. All that Jesus requires is a person who is willing to change their lifestyle and go for a better life choice.
If you allow Him, Jesus will reform and revolutionize your life today. That is why Jesus came, bled, and died. The question is always, “Are you ready?” Are you ready and willing to let go of your past, shift your present, and revolutionize your future? If you are, there is no time like the present! Jesus will do it! Jesus will save you out of your sins, and you can be clean and brand new. Choose Jesus today and begin again. Blessings Abound!