Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”—John 4:42
Jesus shared Himself with the woman at the well and the city of Sychar in Samaria. Jesus and His disciples were on their way to Galilee via Samaria when they stopped at Jacob’s well. Being hungry and tired, He sent His disciples to town to get something to eat. While He waited for their return, a woman came to the well for water, and Jesus asked her for a drink. Aware of His heritage, she knew of the prejudice between Jews and Samarians. Jesus said that if she truly knew to whom she was speaking, she would ask for His “living water.”
They talked about her life, about her past, and how she was presently living. She was astonished by His knowledge of her and asked what she needed to do to receive the “living water” He offered. She left her jug, ran back to town excitedly, and told the townspeople about Jesus. They came to see Jesus because of her word—and they believed. Jesus spent several days there. Afterwards, the townspeople said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
We come to Christ because someone tells us about Him. After receiving information concerning Jesus, we have to experience His presence. Once in the presence of His Holy Spirit, He speaks to us. In the exuberance of His presence, life encourages us to tell others, “Jesus is alive, and lives in me.”
The woman accepted Jesus, brought others to Him by her testimony, and they accepted Him. The cycle continues with us today.