23 March 2014

John 4:5-42

“Sir, give me this water…” (v. 15)


The Gospel of John gives us a full account of an ordinary conversation which brings out an evangelistic result. It all started with Jesus' request for a drink from a Samaritan woman: "Will you give me a drink" (v. 5). The conversation starts like a tiny spring of an underground stream struggling to get through twists and turns in the heart and mind of a woman who had been entangled with cultural and racial barriers, held back by her limited understanding of God and traditional beliefs and generational barriers. How do we deal effectively with those obstructions in our everyday life in order to endure sharing God's love with others who are different from us?

By the end of the conversation, the woman left her water jar and went away to the city (verse 28). That's what had happened after placing a request for the water Jesus offered (verse 15) and then confessing twice that Jesus is a prophet and the Messiah (verses 19, 25).

When you know and drink from the water of life you do not need a jar or a basket (cf verse 11). When your thirst is quenched you couldn't help but go back to your people and tell where to find it. That's what evangelism is about. We are told that "many Samaritans ... believed in [Jesus] because of the woman's testimony" (v. 39).

To Ponder

  • Jesus breaks through all kinds of barriers to reach us in our need of a Saviour. Fill us with the water of life that overflows so that others may fill up also.
  • How passionate are you to share Christ with your relatives and friends?

Bible notes author

Tevita and Meleane Siuhengalu

Tevita Maliepo Siuhengalu is an ordained minister with the Methodist Church in Tonga, who taught at Sia'atoutai Theological College for seven years. Tevita and his wife Meleane were mission partners with the World Church in Britain Partnership Programme between 1996 and 2001, and Tevita continued as minister in the High Wycombe Circuit, until 2004.