The story, found in John 4, is familiar to Bible students. Jesus stopped by a well in a Samaritan town, where He boldly approached a woman to ask for a drink. Customarily, Jews avoided fraternizing with Samaritans. But not Jesus.
Striking up a conversation, Jesus teaches the woman about living water.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
(John 4:13-14, NIV)
Jesus then went on to tell the woman some embarrassing secrets about her personal life. Immediately, she recognized that He was someone special. Within moments, she raced off to tell everyone she knew about Him.
Italian Baroque painter Guercino (1591-1666), showed this interaction in his work titled Christ and the Samaritan Woman.
Consider the kindness in Jesus’ gentle, but knowing, expression. He is fully aware of the scandalous burden the woman carries in her soul. But He takes interest in her condition. He explains spiritual truth to her with consideration and honor.
Jesus is observant. He pays attention.
He knows our actions … our words … our thoughts … and our hearts. But, astonishingly, He takes interest in us anyway. And He is willing to teach us and to send us, even though He is fully aware of the secrets we have long tried to hide.
What a safety there is in being loved by Someone who already knows everything about us!
Christ and the Samaritan Woman
by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri / Guercino
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