An Unlikely Evangelist

Throughout the Bible there are many individuals mentioned.  Some are discussed over many chapters and books.  Others are only mentioned once or twice in a short passage.  Imagine having a reference of you in Gods’ Word!

One of those lightly mentioned, but often discussed is the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:27-30.

John 4: 27-30

27) And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He had been speaking with a woman; yet no one said “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”

28) So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city, and said to the men,

29) “Come, see a man who has told me all the things I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?”

30) They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.

As a summary of events, Jesus is waiting at a well for the disciples to bring food.  A woman came out to draw water.  Could be for her family, or to take back to another family for hire.  (doesn’t matter really)  This well is where life sustaining water for the community is found.

Jesus asks her to draw water for Him.  This is not something which would normally have happened.  A Jew speaking with a lowly Samaritan!   And a woman no less….. It was enough that these disciples who had seen many marvelous things marveled that He would be conversing with a woman.  She was also shocked that He would speak with her.

Note some high points:

Jesus introduced Himself as Christ  4:26) “I that speak to thee am He.”

Told her of living water 4:13,14  “shall never thirst again”

Left her water pot  She perceived He was a prophet because He tells her of her lifestyle issues. (many husbands and now living in adultery.)  There was a sense of urgency about her message.  In dropping her water pot and going back into town, she showed that she was convinced of the living water and it’s power.  Or, that she was convicted such that she went into town hastily so the opportunity of the message would not pass.  Either way, this meant an extra trip to Jacobs’ Well no matter what.

Went to her own community  Note that she went to her own.  A woman with very little credibility in the community went first to them.  She was a sinner.  She had five husbands and now was with another man.  The community knew her and many know how she lived.  She was a woman and had little to offer the men of the community.

“Come see a man who told me all things I ever did.  Can this be the Christ?”

Please see that she simply asked a question.  I doubt that if she had taken any other means, many would not have wanted to check it out.  A woman telling me what to do!?

Instead she simply told what had happened and asked a leading question….. “Can this be the Christ?” She peaked their curiosity and then stepped back.

Many of the town went to check this out and believed.

Who was this woman?

Samaritan

Woman

Knew only of prophesy of Christ

Very little, if any, credibility. (5 husbands + 1 not)

In Short…. An “unlikely evangelist”

Who are WE?  

Much better position than this woman socially

Probably more credibility, and knowledge

We have the whole Word of God in our hands

We can look at our mission to bring The Word to the lost as marching orders and our task to fulfill.  Or we can simply show the joy of what we have found in Jesus and bring people to Him. This unlikely evangelist was extremely effective.  No program, no budget, no committees, no plans…. Just…..

“Come see a man who told me all the things I ever did,  could this be the Christ? “

No reason to make it complicated…. Plant seeds.