John 4:28-30 The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the city and came to Him.
HOPE=elpis in the greek and is defined as hope, expectation, trust, confidence.
HOPELESS=yaash in the greek and is defined as hopeless, despair, one that is desperate, be no hope.
In this text, Jesus was on his way to Galilee and instead of going the quickest route He would normally take, this particular day, He chose to take an alternate route and went through Samaria.
The Jews and Samaritans did not have a good relationship. They did not like each other, but that day, Jesus would break all barriers for He said to His disciples, "I MUST NEED GO THROUGH SAMARIA".
It was in Samaria where a hopeless woman needed hope and Jesus knew that, therefore, he went there that day and ended up staying 2 days to not only give her hope, but to offer hope to all that thirst in the town.
In this story of the Samaritan woman that Jesus met at the well, Jesus gives us a message and picture of hope for anyone who may have awaken to a feeling of hopelessness on today.
Hope is a word of that gives us confidence and expectation about the successful outcome of something in the future.
Hope is what Jesus offers everyday at no cost to you and I for He has paid our debt so we can have it.
Perhaps you have spent years of your life in pursuit of hope through all that the world has to offer and even yet today you still find yourself coming up empty and hopeless every time because the world's fix for hope only last a little while and then you find yourself in need of it again with the same results afterwards of hopelessness.
So it was with this woman at the well. She had pursued hope through her relationship of 5 marriages and the day she met Jesus at the well, she was still seeking fulfillment of hope in the heat of the day (noon) when women normally do not come to draw water from the well at that hour of the day.
What desperate measures have you taken in pursuit of your fulfillment of your thirst for hope? How far have you gone in your pursuit? Is it to a place where you cried out for Christ?
This woman was desperate, hopeless and in despair. When she met Jesus, He told her all about everything she had done in her life. He was specific in even telling her that He knew she had been married 5 times and that the man she is with now is not her husband.
She had pursued one bad choice and one sinful relationship after another which caused her to be separated from God and the people in her community because they did not want to have anything to do with her. In their eyes she wore the title of one with a bad reputation. Thank God Jesus does not see as man sees.
Jesus did not tell her about her past as a means of belittling her, but to make her aware that the hope that she had been in pursuit of is right there before her. There is no need to look any further for He is the only One who can turn a life around from being hopeless to giving one hope.
In the midst of whatever the Samaritan woman pursuit was in life and her not being able to find it, she made unwise choices as we all have done or some that are still doing by choosing a lifestyle of sin.
James 1:15-Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead. In other words, when sin has have it way with us, it leaves us separated from God and dead in sin, hopeless, desperate and feeling defeated in a trap of hopelessness that appears to have no exit.
Do you feel that all your hope is gone? Does the struggles of life seems to be not worth it anymore to you? Are you in search of hope on today? Perhaps you are!
What well are you dipping from to find hope? Drawing from any well other than the well of Christ will forever leave you thirsty and hopeless.
Today, people are still going to wells seeking something that will satisfy their inner thirst, hope, discouragement, uncertainty and despair.
No other well can fill the thirst of hopelessness. Jesus is the answer!
Still thirsting for a well of hope? Try Jesus!