I think one of the most important truths about Christianity comes from John 4. In this passage, Jesus is traveling through Samaria, when he stops by Jacob's well, asking a Samaritan woman for some water. As their conversation progresses, Jesus is talking about the eternal well when he suddenly stops and asks the woman to bring her husband. She responds that she does not have one, to which Jesus blows her mind by expressing that he knew that, and knew all of her dark, dirty past already. The woman obviously reacts out of shock, going through the town and telling all of the people of Jesus.
Okay, so why is this so important? I think often times we look at this passage and find significance in Jesus expressing himself as the living water, which is totally valid, or that he already knew the woman's secrets, which is also totally valid. However, let's take a quick second to play out a different scenario. Imagine if the woman had told Jesus that she didn't have a husband, then quickly walked away to avoid embarrassment. Or if she instead replied that her husband was away at work, and did not give Jesus a chance to respond. Would she have been able to witness Jesus' divine, loving nature if the truth hadn't come out?
The point I am trying to make is that this passage is so important because it emphasizes one necessity about our relationship with Jesus: honesty. If we are not honest with Jesus and ourselves, or do not take the time to honestly look at the state of our hearts, we will miss the opportunity to experience Jesus' divine, loving nature. How often I have found myself wondering why I sin, or why I fall, and never taking the time to be honest with myself. We fall short because our hearts turn from Jesus, and this is understandable, but if we are not honest enough with Jesus and ourselves to recognize this diversion, we will never know the necessary truth about Jesus: He loves us in the same way He loved the Samaritan woman, history and all.
Mahomet YL Leader
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