In speaking to the woman of Samaria at Jacob’s well, after asking her for a drink, Jesus said: “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water… Whosoever drinketh of this water [referring to that of the well] shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw” (John 4:10, 13-15).
Initially when Christ approaches the woman seeking to draw water, she is perplexed – He is a Jewish male, and she is a Samaritan. It is subsequently revealed that Christ also knows of her circumstances, but none of these factors – gender, descent, transgressions, or conventional traditions – deter the Savior from His vital mission to quench spiritual thirst. As she learns of His true identity, she becomes a vessel for the life-sustaining water – by bringing others to know Him.
The creator of this artwork, Simon Dewey, described the scene in this way: “It was at Jacob’s well, in the presence of a Samaritan woman, that Jesus chose to declare his Messiahship in one of the most tender and profound teaching moments in the New Testament. He could have delivered his message to a large multitude of learned and favored individuals. Yet he took time to meet quietly with this woman, who was in much need of the sweet forgiveness and hope that only one like unto God could have offered her. We do not know the duration of their discussion, but we can imagine that as light and comfort filled the woman’s heart, there was a well of water springing up within her unto everlasting life.”
Additional reading: “Blessed by Living Water”