Our gospel for this coming Sunday includes the longest conversation between Jesus and anyone in the New Testament. It takes place at the well outside the city of Sychar, a Samaritan village. Wells were the center of life in that part of the world. They brought people together in a land where water was scarce. This day, at noon, a woman comes to draw water as she likely did each day. But the conversation between them moves quickly from the ordinary water that quenches our thirst, to the “living water” of grace Jesus offers. He seems to know all about her, even though they have just met. His openness and honesty with the woman has a remarkable effect on her. She goes back into the city with a new understanding of herself, and a question she can’t quite answer – “he can’t be the Messiah, can he?” The text for Jonathan’s sermon is John 4:5-30, and his title is “By the Well.” It’s just three days before World Water Day, March 22, 2017. Jesus was (of course) “well” ahead of his time….
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