Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” John 4.5-7 (NLT)
She brushed the windblown hair out of her eyes, to get a better look. Did she see right? Was there someone sitting there at the well? She had deliberately chosen this time of day to come – she wanted to be alone. She was so weary of the gossip, the innuendos, and the unguarded looks when they thought she wasn’t looking.
This emptiness inside her was a dark whirling vortex, sucking everything she ever was or hoped to be into its depths. She had tried to fill the emptiness five time over but it just never seemed to work out. Why didn’t anyone want her?
She’d given in to the worthlessness, knowing that any hope she had ever had was long gone.
She didn’t know the man sitting at the well but He knew her.
She was why He was there. He’d come for her . . . to use her like all the others? Never!
He’d come to save her. Rescue her. Give her worth.
Jesus was stalking her . . .
He was on the hunt for her. He went out of his way to meet with, what many in that day perceived to be, the scum of the scum. She didn’t just have one strike against her, she had three. She was a Samaritan. (Jews wanted nothing to do with them and would go out of their way to walk around Samaria rather than go through it.) She was a woman. (Women were not held in high regard in any society.) And she was a woman sleeping around. In the eyes of the world she was a nothing but Jesus loved her. He came to give her worth. He came to give her value. He came to rescue her.
Why? Why would the God of the Universe, the Messiah, the Holy One go out of his way to meet with this lonely, desperate, used up woman?
For that matter, why would this God desire us?
In a word . . . L-O-V-E
Undeserved, unrequited, unexplainable LOVE.
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, His ONE and ONLY Son. And this is why: so that no one need to be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. John 3.16 (MSG)
Unlike a lion seeking it prey to devour, the Lion of Judah stalks not to take life but to GIVE life!
What will you do in the face of this incredible love? Will you fall to your knees and let it overwhelm you or will you turn tail and run?
He is on the hunt for you . . .
Not to take life from you . . . but to give YOU life.