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I’ll Take the Water
By: Pastor Bill Muir

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”  He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.”  The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”  Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” John 4:15-18

Her response is understandable.  He offers water, she says, “Sure, I’ll take a drink.  I could live without the walk out here every day, too.”  

Later, the disciples won’t understand about the yeast of the Pharisees (Matthew 16:7).  The crowd will be clueless when Jesus calls Himself the bread of life, which one may eat of and never die (John 6:52).   Even learned Nicodemus had to ask, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”  

Jesus isn’t talking about the physical world.  He’s about to make that very clear to her.

So He says, “call your husband and come here.”  She gives a solid half-truth answer – we all do that, don’t we? – because she doesn’t want to go there.  She has secrets she’d prefer to keep hidden, and her factual answer is meant to deceive, and get this stranger off her back.

But Jesus is no stranger.  He sees right through her, and His answer cuts through her like a knife.  This woman is shocked to her core, and we remember this is the God who knows us intimately, even the words of our tongue before they’re spoken (Psalm 139:1-3).  

Take a moment to dwell on the fact that Jesus Christ knows everything about you.  Many of us refuse to come to Him because we’re holding back.  We’ve got something we can’t bear to bring to the light, and if we let Him close we know He’ll see it.  But, come on.  He sees it.  He was there when it began; He sees it more clearly by far than you do.  

Do you know when Jesus calls you to confession it’s not for His sake, but for yours?

It’s like we’re standing at the mouth of a cave, fearful to walk inside.  We don’t know this is actually the path out of the danger we’re already in, and this is the cave where the greatest treasures are kept waiting for us.  

How about Jesus’ gentle reply?  She’s trying to mislead Him, yet He says, “you answered correctly.”  Even as he exposes the truth He doesn’t condemn her as a liar, or an adulteress, or an idolater.  He approaches her as He approaches all sinners, calling them to new life free of judgement.  “Grace upon grace.”

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