Then, leaving her water jar, the woman
went back to the town and said to the
people, “Come, see a man…
Picture the hot noon sun beating down on the Samaria landscape. The proper women of the town, having drawn water early in the morning, would now be about their household chores until the cool of the evening would once again beckon them to Jacob’s well. See Jesus hot, tired and alone; seated by the well.
Notice a disreputable woman, water pot on her head, slumped shoulders, battered by life, approaching the well. Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” That question sparked a conversation about the “spring of living water welling up to eternal life” and a discussion about her five husbands and her living with a man to whom she was not married.
Imagine her surprise, as while she confessed that she knew the Messiah called Christ would come and explain everything, Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.” Just about that time the disciples returned and questioned Jesus, “Why are you talking with her?”
She was a Samaritan with a bad reputation and living a sinful life. The disciples didn’t get it! But she got it! John 4:28-29 recounts how she left her water pot, went back into town, and said to the people (the same respected, proper, important people who perhaps looked the other way when they saw her coming) “Come see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
Then an amazing thing occurred. They followed her—this sinful woman with whom no one wanted to be seen—they followed her to Jesus and something miraculous happened. “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony…”
This woman’s personal testimony about her encounter with Jesus resulted in the salvation of many who followed her to Christ. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, the apostle Paul gives instructions, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
Christ came for all. Christ lived for all. Christ died for all who would believe that He is the One and Only Son of the Living God. Could it be that something as simple as sharing my testimony could lead a lost soul into the Kingdom of God? Could you, like the Samaritan woman, tell others to come see a man? Could leading the lost world to Jesus be as simple as that? I report—you decide. Come and see!