image from the Jesus Mafa Collection
A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink.” His disciples had gone into the city to buy him some food.
The Samaritan woman asked, “Why do you, a Jewish man, ask for something to drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (Jews and Samaritans didn’t associate with each other.)
Jesus responded, “If you recognized God’s gift and who is saying to you, ‘Give me some water to drink,’ you would be asking him and he would give you living water.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, you don’t have a bucket and the well is deep. Where would you get this living water? You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave this well to us, and he drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.”
Check out a modern presentation of the story by Gingamsburg Church
In Jesus’s interaction with a Samaritan woman at the well we learn four things about our own baptism: the grace of baptism is offered by Christ; it transgresses the lines of status and station society creates; it offers forgiveness that is grounded in compassion (not judgement); it calls us to share the good news of what God has done. [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to go deeper. Ponder your own baptism, or what being baptized could mean for your life. Read and reflect on these scriptures and questions.
Texts to read:
- Galatians 6:14-16
- 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Questions to ponder:
- What social boundaries do you find in your community? generations? churched/unchurched? race? income?
- If baptism makes us one family of God, how should we engage those boundaries?
- What is one story of something God has done in your life?
- Who might need to hear it?
Do and share:
- Find a picture from your baptism and share it to us at @dpumc.
- Make some time to volunteer in a community different than your own. Tell us about it on our Facebook page (dpumctx)