4:1Now since Jesus knew that the Pharisees heard he was confirming and immersing more disciples than John4:2(though it wasn’t actually Jesus doing the immersing, but his disciples),4:3he left Judea and returned to Galilee.4:4But this required him to pass through Samaria,4:5and he came into one of their cities called Sychar, near the parcel of land Jacob gave his son Joseph.4:6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
4:7A woman comes out of Samaria to draw water, and Jesus says to her, “Give me a drink.”4:8(His disciples had gone into the city to buy food.)
4:9So she says to him, “What’s with a Judean like you asking a Samaritan woman like me for a drink?” (Judeans don’t associate with Samaritans.)
4:10Jesus answered, “If you only knew of the gift of God and who it is that is asking you for a drink! Then you would ask him and he would give you living water.”
4:11She replies, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket and the well is deep. Where would you get this living water?4:12You are not greater than our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well, and from which he, his children, and his livestock were nourished.”
4:13Jesus responded, “Everyone who drinks this water will thirst again.4:14But whoever may drink of the water I will give them will absolutely never thirst again; the water I give will be like a perpetual well filled with eternal life.”
4:15The woman asks him directly, “Sir, give me this kind of water so I won’t thirst again and will no longer have to come through here to draw water.”
4:16Jesus says, “Go get your husband and come back here.”
4:17The woman answered, “I have no husband.”
Jesus replies, “You have well said that you have no husband.4:18You’ve had five men, and the one you have now isn’t your husband. Your statement is quite true.”
4:19The woman says, “Sir, I can tell you’re a prophet.4:20Our ancestors worshiped in this mountain, but you Judeans say that only Jerusalem is the place to worship.”
4:21Jesus replies, “Trust me, dear woman; the time is coming when none of you will worship the Father in this mountain nor in Jerusalem.4:22Your people worship in ignorance, but we worship in understanding, because The Rescue1 comes from the Judeans.4:23Yet the time is coming— in fact, it’s already upon us— when real worshipers will worship the Father genuinely and spiritually, since they are the kind the Father searches for.4:24God is spirit, and those who worship him must do so genuinely and spiritually.”
4:25The woman responds, “I understand that the Anointed is coming (we say Messiah, you say Christ). And when he does, he will explain everything completely.”
4:26Jesus says, “He’s the one talking to you!”
4:27Just then his disciples arrived, and they were surprised he was talking with a woman. But no one asked what he wanted or why he was talking with her.4:28Then the woman left her water jar and went into the city to tell the people,4:29“Come and see someone who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Anointed?”4:30So they left the city and went out to him.
4:31In the meantime his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
4:32But he replied, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”
4:33The disciples said to each other, “You didn’t bring him anything to eat, did you?”
4:34So Jesus told them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and finish the job.4:35Don’t people say that it is still four months till the harvest comes? But look! Open your eyes and examine the countryside; the fields are ready for harvest.4:36The harvester is already being paid and gathering the produce of eternal life, so that both the planter and the harvester may celebrate together.4:37As the saying goes, ’One plants and another harvests‘.4:38I commissioned you to harvest that which none of you worked for, so that you share in the labor of others.”
4:39Now many of the Samaritans of that city put their trust in him because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me everything I ever did.”4:40When the Samaritans came to him they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed for two days.4:41And many more believed because of what he said.4:42They told the woman, “We no longer believe only because of what you told us, but also because of what we ourselves have heard him say. We can see that this really is the Savior of the world!”
4:43After those two days he left there and went back into Galilee.4:44For Jesus himself testified that a prophet gets no respect in their hometown.4:45Yet when he got there the Galileans accepted him, having seen all he did in Jerusalem during the festival, where they had also come.
4:46Jesus returned to Cana of Galilee, where he had made the water into wine. There was a certain royal official in Capernaum, whose son was sick.4:47Upon hearing that Jesus arrived from Judea into Galilee, the official went to him and asked that he would go down to heal his son, who was near death.
4:48Jesus said to him, “You people have no faith unless you see amazing miracles.”
4:49The official replies, “Sir, please come before my little one dies!”
4:50Jesus says to him, “On you way! Your son lives.”
The person believed what Jesus told him and went.4:51On the way his slaves met up with him and said, “Your child is alive!”4:52He asked them what hour it was when he got better, and they told him, “The fever left him yesterday at 1 p.m.”4:53Then the father realized that this was when Jesus said “Your son lives.” And so he and his entire household believed.4:54This was the second miracle Jesus did when he came out of Judea into Galilee.
- 1“The Rescue” is more than a generic reference to “salvation” because of the definite article; that is, it’s the salvation, which both Jews and Samaritans were looking for. This is why the woman responded with her statement about the Anointed.