John 4:1-29: The Samaritan Woman at the Well
Have you ever been really hot and thirsty? Where were you and what
was that like? Our story today is about a woman who was also really hot and thirsty
and who met Jesus at a well in the desert.
One day, Jesus was in a place called Samaria. Remember that Jesus was a Jew and
Jews lived in a place called Jerusalem. Most Jews did not go to Samaria and were
not friends with Samaritans. But Jesus traveled with his disciples through Samaria
on purpose and he came to a well at the hottest time of day. He found a woman
there at the well, all by herself. Now, in those times, people did not have faucets and
running water in their homes. So they had to walk to a well, which is a deep hole in
the ground with water, to fill a bucket of water and bring it back home. When Jesus
saw the woman, he asked her to give him a drink. The woman was shocked that
Jesus was speaking to her, for Jesus was a stranger and they belonged to different
cultures and religions. But after talking with her for some time, Jesus told her that
he would offer her God’s living water, water that would help her to always know and
remember God’s love and goodness.