When witnessing to a person, witness to them as you would any unbeliever. It is not a matter of what specific sins they are committing, but that they are born as a sinner and need the same Savior. Psalms 51:5 (NLT) “For I was born a sinner yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.”
With any conversation we start with casual comments that perk interest in communicating with us. We hear their burdens, or sports, family issues, work issues, or just friendly talk. This is what Jesus did with the Woman at the well.
- John 4:7 –“Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus asked, “Please give Me a drink.”
- John 4:9 –“The woman was surprised,” for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said…, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are You asking me for a drink?”
A despised woman
Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans and were shunned by Jews. She came to the well at midday, the hottest part of the day when other women wouldn’t come. She may have gone back to those who she spent time with, in the night.
She would not have been respected, even by her own people as she had been divorced and married 5 times and perhaps a lady of the night.
Jesus, was sitting at a well with nothing to draw water with. Are you picturing a well with a Rope where you crank the handle to let the bucket down into the well? Jesus could have done that himself. Wells back then had staircase steps, or ladders to get down to the water and draw it up.
- John 4:11 -“Sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket…, “this well is very deep.
Where would You get this living water?” At this well you had to bring your own rope and bucket, but Jesus had none.
The women speaking to Jesus opened the door to speak to her about “Living Water” that Jesus could GIVE HER!
- John 4:10 –“Jesus replied, “If you knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask Me, and I would give you living water.”
A simple request for a drink of water opened the door to talk about her lost soul!
The Lord introduced her to her need
- John 4:13 “Jesus said…, Every one who drinks this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water which I give him will never thirst again.”
This sparked interest to have this water where you would never thirst again.
- John 4:15 –“She says, Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst again.”
Jesus starts helping her see her sin
- John 4:16 “Jesus says…, Go, call your husband, and come here.”
It was not proper for a man to talk to a woman alone. He asked her to call her husband but she had none. He used that example to bring her to God’s word. She knew divorce and remarriage was wrong and she’d done it 5 times.
The woman perceives Jesus is a believer in the true God
- John 4:19 “(She says), Sir, I see You are a prophet.”
She turns the subject to religion.
- John 4:25 “I know that Messiah is coming…, he will tell us all things.”
Jesus immediately takes what this woman knows to introduce her to the Messiah.
- John 4:26 –“Jesus says, I who speak to you am He.”
- John 4:28 –“The woman left her water pot, went into the city, and said to the men,”
It appears she believed as she did a couple of uncharacteristic things.
- She “left her water pot”. This was used for her daily life’s sustenance. If you left anything someone would take it.
- She went back to her city and told the “men” about this one she believed to be the Christ. “men” means “countenance” or “man faced”; a “human being, or a certain, man”. Whether it means JUST THE MEN or EVERYONE does not matter.
The story suggests she went to the men first. If it means everyone then she told every person she came in contact with. She acknowledged her sin to them. John 4:29 -“Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could He possibly be the Messiah?”.
People who are ready to admit sin
We normally do not have to point out people’s sins when we witness to them. The spirit of God is already working on them about their sins.it is not ONE sin that keeps us from heaven. It is all our sin, or our sin nature.
It’s the Spirit’s job to convict of sin not ours. It is not our job to point the finger at people and point out their sins when we witness to them. Our job is to tell them of Jesus the Savior of sinners.