For Cleansing


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Come to the Water – For Cleansing

John 4:4-19 Jesus had to go through Samaria. He came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, which was near the land Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus was tired from his journey, so he sat down at the well. It was about noon.

A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink.” His disciples had gone into the city to buy him some food.

The Samaritan woman asked, “Why do you, a Jewish man, ask for something to drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (Jews and Samaritans didn’t associate with each other.)

10 Jesus responded, “If you recognized God’s gift and who is saying to you, ‘Give me some water to drink,’ you would be asking him and he would give you living water.”

11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you don’t have a bucket and the well is deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave this well to us, and he drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.”

The Woman Accepts What Jesus is offering

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will never be thirsty and will never need to come here to draw water!”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, get your husband, and come back here.”

17 The woman replied, “I don’t have a husband.”

“You are right to say, ‘I don’t have a husband,’” Jesus answered. 18 “You’ve had five husbands, and the man you are with now isn’t your husband. You’ve spoken the truth.”

19 The woman said, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet.

Jesus, in a playful way, confronts the woman with her sin. He says, “Go and get your husband.” The woman comes clean and admits her situation to Jesus. Jesus does not condemn – he simply acknowledges her confession. And nothing more is said.

Jesus offers cleansing of our failings and sin. Jesus does not condemn. And for Jesus nothing more is said. And the woman is able to let go of her guilt.

When we come to the water for cleansing, we are completely cleansed and can let go of the guilt.

But do we?
 
Reflect On:
What is Jesus drawing from the depths of your soul for you to experience the cleansing grade of God?
 
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