Easter at the Well

Vern has instinctively learned when we will be leaving our home. He has noticed when we pack a bag or start to place items in a bin, it means we will be leaving. In response, he spends his time pattering around the house underfoot, following our every move. As much as our Frenchie knows our movements, Jesus knows every move we have ever made and our future. He knows the wrongs we have committed as well as the humility in our hearts.

Just recently, I was reading in Genesis 16 where Hagar, the maidservant of Sarai, went out into the desert, headed for her Egyptian home. She was pregnant and alone, with no hope to go on. On the verge of starvation, An Angel of the Lord appeared to her, encouraging to go back to Sarai and have the son she was carrying.  Hagar responds, “You Are The God Who Sees, for she said, “Have I also here seen him who sees me?” (Genesis 16:13)

At first, I didn’t see a connection between this encounter and the woman at the well in John 4. As I was reading both interactions side by side, I saw an incredible parallel between the two passages. First, both women were alone, with hopeless situations, and no one that truly understood them. Both were desperate for love and to have their own families. With Hagar, Jesus creates a well for her survival and with the Samaritan woman, Jesus meets her at a well.

But it was the responses of both women that made my head spin. Hagar calls Jesus, the God Who Sees,(Genesis 16:13) while the Samaritan woman drops her water pot and rushes back into her city urging everyone to come see a Man who told me all things that I ever did.” (John 4:28)

What an incredible God we have in Jesus. He knows us, with all our sin, and still was willing to die on the cross so that we can have a relationship with him. And on this day, over two thousand years ago, rose from the dead, pronouncing that He continues to live forever and ever.

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