This is what happens when the Lord reveals himself to us: We see his glory and we want to share that with others. And we worship. In Spirit and truth. God desires Spirit truth worshipers. The Samaritan woman encounters this revelation and it changes her forever.
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
Jesus and the Samaritan woman have quite a back-and-forth over culture and religion. All the while, Jesus is preparing to reveal to her that he is Messiah. That’s why he told her to go get her husband. She had been married five times and was not married to her current man. He knew it and told her, just like he told Nathanael he had seen him under the fig tree even though Jesus was never there. Jesus knows and sees all.
She could tell he was a prophet, which made her want to bring up the elephant in the room of Israelites and Samaritans. Where do we worship? You say this, we say that. What’s the truth, prophet-man?
His answer was less clear than she wanted. Jesus was focused on the future. Worship will not be place-bound. Worship is all about the Spirit and truth. God is spirit. And by the way, salvation is from the Jews. Perhaps that was the zinger she didn’t like. Her answer: When Messiah comes he will explain everything to us. Maybe he’ll give me a better answer.
We know from the rest of the story that the woman leaves her water jar to go back to her village to get people to come and meet Jesus. I think this was like Jesus’ meeting with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. When he said, “I am he,” to the woman, I think he opened her eyes to see a part of his glory. She was suddenly propelled to tell others.
That’s what happens when the Lord reveals himself to us. We see his glory and we want to share that with others. And we worship. In Spirit and truth. God desires Spirit truth worshipers. Not hung up on which mountain is holy. Rather, viewing everything as sacred and praising the one who saves us.
And it all started with questions. What’s yours? Ask Jesus. You might find living water and an encounter with Messiah…