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John 3:19 - 21 The story of the Woman at the well illustrates Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus

Updated on May 8, 2014

Anna walked down the dusty path to the well. She had just left the outskirts of the village and she was already sweating. She hated making this water run every day. It was hot and dirty with the bright sun glaring down at her. She would have preferred to go in the middle of the night. She was more comfortable after the sun went down. It wasn’t until after the good people went to bed that she could relax and be herself. No one shunned her after dark. She was the life of the party, attractive and desirable. With no prying eyes to judge her every move, she was a different person, powerful and confident. But it wasn’t safe for a woman to walk the two miles to Jacobs well alone after dark. Not even a woman like her. Besides, Seth liked to come over at night, and who wants to be doing chores when there was so much fun to be had.

John 3:19 – “Now this is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”

with a wink and a smile she could turn any guy's eye
with a wink and a smile she could turn any guy's eye

Of course, if she had any sense, she would be doing this in the early morning hours before it got so hot. That’s when all the other women in the village went. They brought their children and made an event out of it, talking and laughing while their children played. But she couldn’t stand being around the other women. They were mean and spiteful. They made sure she knew they disapproved of her lifestyle. They called their children to stay close and whispered behind her back as she walked by. If someone ventured a smile at her, Anna was sure they were laughing at her. She didn’t need to subject herself to their gossip. What did they know anyway? She didn’t need them. She could turn the eye of any one of their husbands with a wink and a smile. Anna was just fine on her own.

John 3:20 – “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”

Oh dear, Anna thought, who could that be at the well? She wondered if he was with the group of strangers she had seen earlier. Not many people were out this time of day, everyone was at home eating their lunch. She could tell he was a Jew. At least he wouldn’t talk to her. She was a Samaritan and that made her hated by the Jews. She about dropped her jar when he spoke, she was so startled. She looked around to be sure he wasn’t talking to someone else, but no one else was there. His eyes were kind and that gave her courage. She couldn’t help herself and blurted out a question. His answer intrigued her. She had to ask more, was he making fun of her? The man’s name was Jesus and the next few minutes changed her life. This man knew everything she had ever done, and still he spoke to her. She became convinced that this was the Messiah they had been waiting for. No longer did her shame matter. Anna was a new person. She had to tell everyone about Jesus and what He did for her. Leaving her water jar, Anna ran back to town. Running down the street she cried out, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”

Anna was a different person from that day forward. Her life was a testimony to what God could do for a person. The townspeople invited Jesus to stay with them and many believed in him. Many had believed because of Anna’s testimony and many more were willing to listen to Jesus because of her. She was no longer ashamed of her past, but used it to show how great the Messiah was.

John 3:21 – “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

Thank you for reading this story. This ends the articles on Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus. I hope you found them useful and interesting.

What happens next? Join one of the disiples as he explains what baptism was to the Jews and what John's disciples argued about.


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