I hope as you have gone through these discussions with me that you have begun to realize the immensity of Christ’s love and concern for you. One of the biggest lies we face is that Christ cannot be trusted.
If you think you’re alone, you are not. If you think no one cares, you are wrong. Christ is pursuing you. He sees your distress and He is inviting you to sit with him, to experience his love…to actually encounter his love in a profound way that can change your life.
There are many stories in the Bible that tell of Jesus’ beautiful encounters with women. When no one else saw their pain, He did. He rescued them from the society that deemed them worthless and hopelessly damaged. He picked them up from the dusty cold dirt of judgment and condemnation and elevated their status. He protected them from death and gave them dignity to live. No one had ever seen the abuse and neglect of women as much as Jesus did. No one came to heal their broken hearts, but Christ.
We find in the Bible a beautiful story of Christ’s tender loving mercy toward a Samaritan woman. She is known as the Woman at the well. You probably know the story in John 4, one of the longest conversations with Jesus recorded in the gospels.
In all probability this woman was abused and like a rag doll thrown around, an outcast…misplaced because the society she lived in treated women as possessions and not something to be cherished. This woman spent her life searching for ways to mend her broken heart. She was ridiculed and shamed for how she lived. She couldn’t come to the well in the morning like the other women; they didn’t want her there, so she came in the afternoon to draw her water after everyone had left. However, on this one seemingly normal day, she encountered Christ and her life changed forever.
Jesus had a divine appointment with this woman as He walked through Samaria to get to Judea. He was on his way to break down barriers of all kinds…religious barriers, cultural barriers and racial barriers. Jesus is always in the business of breaking down barriers and this time he was going to show his love and healing power to a woman who thought no one cared or even saw her. But Jesus saw her…at the well, alone. He spoke to her which shocked her, because he was a Jewish man who was not allowed to speak to a Samaritan woman alone…it was scandalous for that time. The Jews and Samaritans had despised each other for hundreds of years and believed different things about the Messiah and how to live and pray. But Jesus came to abolish all that and show this woman the truth of His grace and mercy.
When Christ first spoke to to the woman He addressed her heart, but she spoke only from her intellect. Jesus continued to speak to her about the issues that brought her pain; but she avoided that and persisted on speaking from her head. After listening more, she finally began to realize who He was and then believed in Him.
I think that we are like this woman at times; hiding our hurt and shame not wanting to be seen. That doesn’t stop Jesus from pursuing us though. We think too much about situations, analyze it from every point, and don’t see an answer.
Jesus then reveals more of himself to us. We hesitate and wonder again…can this be true? Jesus keeps pursuing. Just as He made sure He was at this well… at this hour… to bring His grace filled healing to this hurting woman…He will do the same for you.
Christ sees you in your loneliness and suffering. He sees you in your fear and anxiety. He sees you in your anger and sin. He is not blinded to what you are going through. He desires to help you…to truly heal your brokenness as He declared that He would do.
Will you let him break down those barriers that you have built and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you? Remember what is hidden cannot be healed. Jesus does not want you living in misery. He has come to set you free from things that have broken your heart. I pray you trust in Him, for He is faithful and trustworthy. Remember that Jesus died a most horrific death on the cross and resurrected from the dead so that we might not experience death, but live in eternity with Him. This is something we cannot forget; it’s the most sacred love we will ever experience.