we will hear a story about Jesus and a woman who was kind of an outsider. She was a Samaritan, which means that she was from Samaria and part of a people group that most Jews really disliked. We will see how Jesus treated her and learn what Jesus said. The story is called, “Jesus Met a Samaritan Woman.”
Tell the Bible Story: Read John 4:1-42. **Try to have the kids find the passage on their own. If they have trouble, remind them that John is the last of the four Gospels.
Say: Oh my goodness! Remember that Samaritans were people the Jews did not like. When the Jews were in exile, some of God’s people stayed in the land and married people who did not worship God. This was against God’s law, so the Jews thought they were better than the Samaritans. But Jesus did not treat this woman that way. He loved her and treated her with kindness. He began to tell her about living water.
At first, the Samaritan woman thought Jesus was talking about physical water that would keep her from getting thirsty again. Though that would be a helpful trick for water, Jesus was talking about something much better than water. Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit.
As Jesus and the woman talked, she could tell He was no ordinary man. He knew things about her that no one else did. At first, she thought He was a prophet. Jesus is more than a prophet. Jesus told the Samaritan woman He is the Messiah. She was amazed and rushed to get her neighbors and bring them to meet Jesus!
The woman at the well was a sinner and a Samaritan, but Jesus still offered her the Holy Spirit if she believed in Him. The Holy Spirit fills us when we have faith in Jesus. He is like water that springs up and overflows. He gives life and power to Christians and satisfies our desire to be near God.
We are all born in sin. We are dead and empty inside. Thankfully, Jesus offers us the Holy Spirit – the living water – just as He offered Him to the Samaritan woman. Jesus said He is the Messiah. Jesus came to earth to live a sinless life. He died the death we deserve, taking our sin on Himself. On the third day, God showed everyone His mighty power and raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus’ sacrifice was enough! Sin had been defeated and death lost its power over people who trust in Jesus. When Jesus went