{ More Jesus } A Pursuing Savior / Day 10


Read: John 4:1-45, ESV

 

“And He had to pass through Samaria.” { John 4:4 }

One of my favorite accounts in the Bible is that of Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman. It is such a beautiful illustration of the Gospel, of who Jesus is, and of the power of His transforming love. It is also the longest recorded one-on-one conversation that Jesus had with someone in the Bible.

There is so much life-changing truth to be gleaned from that powerful conversation, and yet before the conversation even begins, we learn something absolutely fascinating about Jesus—that He is a pursuing Savior.

Jesus is a pursuing Savior.

“Now He had to go through Samaria.” { John 4:4 }

The wording of the verse is clear—Jesus had to go through the village of Samaria. Other translations say it was necessary for Him to go through Samaria. But, back then Jews would have done anything to avoid going through Samaria. In fact, because there was such prejudice against the Samaritans, Jews would have gone miles out of their way just to avoid passing through that city.

Yet, Jesus purposefully and confidently “set His face to Samaria”. He had to go.

Why?

Because the Messiah had an appointment to keep.

Jesus, the Author and Creator of life, went to make Himself available to an ordinary woman going about her very ordinary day.

Jesus, surely tired and dusty from His journey, sits down at a well. His body needing rest; His spirit needing to do the work of His Father. His eyes—the eyes of Love itself, focus on a woman. A woman whose shoulders are slumped forward under the weight of guilt, disgrace, and disappointment. Consumed in her thoughts, she looks up surprised to find a man sitting at her destination. Her surprise turns to shock as He speaks to her—as one who should be repulsed by her asks her for a drink of water.

The Creator of the world, God in human flesh, turned His face toward this woman and engaged her in conversation! He had an appointment with her that day. She didn’t know it, others in her community didn’t know it, but God knew it and He went in pursuit of her.

God went in pursuit of a woman who didn’t even know she was lost.

Just as He goes in pursuit of each of His children.

Have you ever thought about your testimony like that before? That for those who have trusted in Jesus there was once a day when the Savior sat by a well and waited for you. The Creator, the King of the Universe, went in search of you. That He had to go and engage your heart in conversation. That one day Love’s eyes looked on you and beckoned you to come and drink from His Living Water.

What a beautiful picture of the transforming love of God—that He goes in search of us, that He waits for us, and invites us—sinners—to drink from His well of truth and love.

And dear one, if you have not trusted Jesus yet, would you let your soul look up and see Him sitting there just for you. Waiting to engage your heart in conversation. Longing to fill your soul with His living water—eternal water that will never run dry and that will wash your heart whiter as snow.

Jesus is pursuing you—His beloved precious daughter.

REFLECT:

  • In John 4:10 Jesus referred to Himself as the Living Water. Why do you think He used this description? How does His Living Water quench the thirst in our souls?
  • After reading the passage, in what ways can you identify with the Samaritan woman? Have you ever felt like an outcast? Unworthy? Worn down? Does knowing that, in spite of your sin and shame, Jesus pursues you in perfect love change how you see or feel about yourself?
  • If you have trusted Jesus as Savior, reflect on that moment. How did He pursue you? How have you changed since drinking from His Living Water? If you have not trusted Jesus as Savior, does your heart feel stirred to do so? Just like the Samaritan woman accepted Jesus’ gift of eternal life, you can too. You simply must trust and believe. Will you talk to a Christian friend right now and tell them that you want to drink from that eternal glorious well?

PRAYER:

Lord Jesus, that you would pursue us in spite of our sin and shame is beyond our understanding. And yet, amazingly you—perfect Savior—delight in pursuing us. You delight in offering us your Living Water. Would you change us by the power of your Word? And give us courage to share your Word with others today. We love you Lord and humbly thank you for loving us and pursuing us. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Jennifer Bleakley
Jennifer Bleakley
I’m Jen, a wife of 18 years and mom of two—a teen boy and an almost tween girl. Born and raised in FL, I have called North Carolina home for the past 14 years, but am still a flip-flop girl at heart. I am passionate about studying, teaching, writing and speaking about the Bible, and the Hope found in Jesus. If I am not hanging with my family, tossing a ball for our golden retriever, or typing on my well-used computer, I am most likely buried under a mountain of laundry! I am excited to join you on this wonderful adventure through God’s Word.

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