“He Seeks Us” (John 4: 24, ESV) by Carley Evans

At Jacob’s well Jesus tells the woman of Samaria that “the Father is seeking such people to worship Him;” people who worship Him “in spirit and in truth.” God seeks people to worship Him in spirit because He is spirit. He seeks people to worship Him in truth because He is the truth.

Jesus seeks out this woman who has had five different ‘husbands.’ He seeks her out by asking her, “Give Me a drink.” (John 4: 7) She knows how odd this is, that a Jewish man would approach a Samaritan woman. Jesus tells her pointedly that He is the “gift of God;” that He is “living water.” He tells her: “the water that I will give [you] will become in [you] a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4: 14)

Jesus tells her that it is not the location where we worship that matters — whether “on this mountain [or] in Jerusalem.” (John 4: 21) Instead, we worship God in the heart, in the mind, in the spirit because God dwells within His people.

Jesus’ disciples “marvel that he is talking with a woman, but no one says, ‘What do You seek?’ or ‘Why are You talking with her?’

What is Jesus seeking? Why does He speak with this woman — with this Samaritan woman?

“You worship what you do not know,” He tells her. (John 4: 22) Yet, He says, the day has arrived when “the true worshipers worship the Father in spirit and truth.” (John 4: 23)

You, He tells her, are a true worshiper if you accept this truth I give to you: “I who speak to you am He [the Messiah]” who “tells you all things.” (John 4: 26, 25)