Jesus travels through Samaria and stops at Jacob’s well. In the middle of the day, a Samaritan woman arrives to fill her bucket of water. In John 4, Jesus asks for a drink of water. She says to Jesus, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan. Jewish people did not associate with Samaritans. Yet here was Jesus asking for a drink of water. Jesus explains that if she would drink from the living water she would never be thirsty again. Jesus tells her about her life that she has had many husbands and is not married to the one she is living with now. The woman said, the Messiah is coming and Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” Do you think she believed? In John 4:28-30 “Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.” Based on her telling others, she accepted Jesus as the Messiah. She was forgiven.
In the Old Testament Jonah is a man who was asked to tell Nineveh about God. In Chapter 1 Jonah runs from what God asked him to do, in chapter 2 Jonah prays for deliverance and forgiveness. In Chapter 3 Jonah preaches about God’s forgiveness and the town of Nineveh repents. Jonah is so depressed by this in Chapter 4 that he is depressed, but God saved Nineveh.
In John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life.” When we believe in Jesus we have forgiveness of our sins. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Have you accepted Jesus as your savior? We are forgiven.
Father God thank you for sending Jesus to be the lamb that was slain. Thank you for forgiving me as far as east is from the west. Lord help us tell your story about redemption and forgiveness.