John 4 The Samaritan Woman
25: "I know the Messiah is coming ..." the woman said to the man sitting beside Jacob's well.
26: "I Am the Messiah!" he declares.
At that moment Light and Truth dawned upon this woman of Samaria!
Once when Jim was studying with a friend of ours, he pointed out from Romans that salvation is a free gift to us from God, impossible for anyone to earn.
She sat there a moment, then said in a wondering voice, "Jim, that's too good to be true." He replied, "Now, you're catchin' on!!" And Light and Truth dawned yet again upon another woman, thousands of years later!
The woman must have turned to run to her village as the disciples arrived from town with food. Besides being shocked about the Lord speaking to her, did they wonder what he had said to cause her to leave her water jar and take off for home at such a fast clip?
If they had heard the tail-end of the conversation, were they wondering why in the world he would waste such wondrous information on a Samaritan, and a woman at that? Lacking the nerve to inquire, they ignored the weirdness and turned to satisfying their physical needs.
29: "The woman ... ran back to the village, telling everyone, 'Come and see ... this man told me everything I ever did.'"
She lived in darkness - perhaps keeping secrets from her neighbors to try and preserve some semblence of respect. Now she was so excited by this man's ability to see into her that awe overcame any resentment of being "outed" by him.
"Could this possibly be the Messiah?"
She surely must have convinced her neighbors - no one scoffed at her, and,
"The people came streaming from the village to see him."