“Come, see a man…” These are the excited words of the woman at the well in John chapter 4. An everyday, mundane routine turned into a life-changing encounter.
The lady, whose name we never learn, had come to the well to draw water, like she did every day. But today was different. There was a man there, who struck up a conversation. That man was Jesus, and the conversation led the woman to put her faith in him as the Messiah – the saviour.
The woman is so overcome with hope and excitement she leaves her water jar and runs back to town to bring people to Christ , “Come, see a man…” she exclaims. This story has two evangelists, Jesus and the woman. Jesus reaches the woman and the woman brings the town’s people.
What can we learn from this story about our evangelism?
1. See people
“The Samaritan woman said to him: ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” John 4:9
“Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman.” John 4:27
Jesus broke through a number of taboos of the day by speaking to her both as a woman and as a Samaritan. Jewish men in Jesus’ day did not think highly of women, and certainly wouldn’t have spoken to a woman in public. Women were considered unable to understand anything complicated or theological. And as far as the Jews were concerned, Samaritans were seen as a mixed race, heretical cult. Amazingly, Jesus sees a person – not a gender, not a colour or religion, but a person who needed the Saviour. As we walk through our daily lives, I pray we would see people not problems – people who need Jesus.
2. See the time
“Don’t you have a saying: ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35
Jesus urged the disciples then, and through his words urges all disciples including us, to see that the harvest is ready now. It’s not a future event but a present reality – there are people ready to put their faith in Christ if someone would but speak the good news to them. We often put things off for another day or a more convenient time, or make it somebody else’s responsibility. But we are all responsible and we are all carriers of hope and good news.
The people you’ll meet in the next 24 hours need Jesus, and you may be the only Jesus person they bump into.
3. See a man
“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” John 4:29
This woman has been a believer less than an hour, but her meeting with Jesus has been life changing. She has had no training or instruction, but the simplicity of her message is rooted in her story, her encounter with Jesus. Some call it a testimony, some a God story, but whatever you call it, use your conversion experience to point to the ‘God man’ Jesus Christ. There is no greater message than to speak Christ. Let’s not complicate or confuse the good news. Jesus is the good news . Remember Jesus said: “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to myself.” Keep the focus on Jesus.
Your story could change another’s story
“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony: ‘He told me everything I ever did.’… And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world’.” John 4:39-42
The woman whose name we never learn simply told her story and pointed to Jesus Christ. Her story ends with the start of many other storylines from others who encountered hope in Jesus. You may be surprised what your story could accomplish.
Come see a man.