Woman at the well John 4

Leading Through Lent – What’s Wrong with This Picture?

The woman at the well sets the scene for several questions. The one we raise comes from the cultural context of the day, “What’s wrong with this picture? 

What’s wrong with the picture? When we fail to view the scripture from God’s perspective and instead read into the scripture debates from our current cultural context. 

As we’ll come to see, Jesus shows us there is absolutely nothing wrong with the picture of Jesus, at a well, talking to a woman and asking her for a drink. Because what Jesus offers is available to everyone. Jesus reminds us the woman’s gender, social location, culture, and background didn’t matter. He offers living water and that’s all she needs to hear – an offer of new life. 

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