Summary of passage: The disciples return with food and find Jesus talking to a woman. The woman leaves, telling the whole town of whom she met and to come and see him.
11a) She probably forgot the jar in her excitement of meeting Jesus, the possible Messiah. It also indicates she will return. It indicates she might be turned for Jesus.
b) She ran to town and testified to Jesus, telling all to come and see him. The people came to see Jesus. The woman probably believed in her heart who Jesus was, receiving his promised gift of eternal waters (everlasting life). Furthermore, as a probable outcast, this woman so believed in Jesus she overcame the social stigma to tell others of Jesus. Her faith was bright!
12) Men did not talk to woman, especially unaccompanied women. Women were akin to animals in ancient times and had no rights. This shows Jesus is for all. He welcomes all. He wants all to come to him. He does not care about the customs of man. He cares about saving souls.
13) Personal Question. My answer: He is truly for all no matter how fallen you are in this world.
Conclusions: Love how Jesus smashes social norms and shows how he cares for all. He gives hope to this world. He wants every living soul. This conversation with a Samaritan woman proves Jesus’ greatness.
End Notes: Note the disciples did not openly question Jesus either out of respect for Jesus and who he is or in their hearts knowing the Samaritan woman has value as well.
Perfect example of eye-witness testimony: John recorded the woman left her clay pot.
Even after being confronted with all her sins, the woman turned to Jesus. Human reaction is to run away from those who speak of things we don’t want to hear or remember. Not this woman. Jesus had touched her soul. She felt safe with him. The woman felt compassion. There was no judgement or condemnation.
The predicted Messiah will be able to tell all about you (Isaiah 11:2-3). The Samaritans probably believed this as well.
She evangelized! She told everyone to come and know Jesus just as she just has. So must we all.