John 4:6-7 Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samar'ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
There is a lot going on in the story, so much so that it can be easy to miss the real story. They story isn’t why this is the only woman at the well (its noon, and who wants to haul water in the heat of the day), that’s interesting, but not the point. It isn’t about Jesus who is tired and resting while the disciples buy food. Its interesting, but not the point. Some people think that the story is about Jesus telling this woman all she ever did, which is important, but that’s not the point – but it’s a good place to begin.
Suppose Jesus were to come to you and tell you all you ever did – what would he say, and how would you feel about it – do you have a memorable life, with many accomplishments? Even if you do have a memorable life, how would you feel as Jesus began to tell about all your sins – since we are all sinners, and since we sin much daily – how would you feel as you hear about all your sins? Do you know your sins, all the things you shouldn’t have done, but did – all the things your should have done, but didn’t – how long a list would that be – could you bear to hear it all? How would you feel as it went on and on and on – how long would Jesus need to continue?
Do you defend yourself – I’m not so bad, and here’s why….. or do you confess your sins? Those who confess their sins have the opportunity to receive forgiveness - those who defend themselves, they tend to miss out on the salvation that comes by grace through faith in Christ.
And that’s what’s special about this text, the woman, confesses her sins – but what is special, what is noteworthy, what is comforting for all of us today – is that Jesus comes to sinners to bring them salvation. Jesus doesn’t come to those who are righteous in themselves. Jesus isn’t coming to those who are held in high regard. Jesus isn’t coming to those who have done lots of good works. No, the thing that is important in this text is that Jesus comes to sinners, he brings them to repentance, and works faith in them, making them a new creation. Jesus brings to sinners the gift of the living water, that’s what’s important.
What Jesus brings to sinners changes us, it changes us from sinners to disciples – for once we have seen our savior we want to follow him. Jesus told the woman to get her husband, and she leaves, but she doesn’t bring back just her husband, she brings back the entire village. And they come to know the Savior.
There is great comfort in knowing that it is not necessary for us to search for God, that it is not difficult to find God, and that it is not difficult to find peace with God – because Jesus comes to sinners to bring them the gift of salvation, the forgiveness of sins, peace with God and eternal life. Jesus comes to us, he finds us where ever we are. This is what the church is about – sure it’s the gathering of the people of God, of course we gather around the word and the sacraments, we encourage one another and build each other up in faith – but we are there, like the Samaritan woman to be built up so that we can bring all the world to come to know its Savior – and that’s what our lives are really all about.