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Jesus and His disciples were traveling. It’s long hard work to walk from town to town, and today they’ve stopped by a well in Samaria. Now, Jews don’t like Samaritans. They think Samaritans are bad people and they try really hard not to talk to them. But today, Jesus stopped a Samaritan woman to ask her for some water while his disciples went to get food.
“You are a Jew and you would ask me for water,” she asked confused. “If you knew who I am you would ask me for the living water,” Jesus answered. “Sir, you have no vase to get water, how would you give me this water? Are you better than Jacob who built this well?” “If you drink this water, you will be thirsty again,” said Jesus, “But if you drink the water I have you will never be thirsty again.” She started to look excited, “Sir give me this water, so I do not have to come to the well every day.”
“Go get your husband and I will tell you,” said Jesus. “I have no husband,” she said. Jesus looked at her with compassion, “That is true, and you are not doing what God wants you to right now.” She hung her head in shame, because Jesus had seen the truth.
To hide what she didn’t want to talk about, she asked a question, “Where should we worship God? You Jews say we should go to the temple in Jerusalem. But, our fathers worshipped God on this mountain. Who is right?” Jesus shook his hand, “Someday you will not worship on the mountain or in the temple. You worship what you do not know, and soon you will worship the way God really wants. God wants someone who worships Him with their whole heart.”
“I know someday God will send the Messiah, and He will explain everything to us,” she said. “I tell you the truth, I am He,” Jesus answered her. She got so excited that she ran to town to tell everyone what had just happened. “I met a man who knew everything about me, and I think He is the Christ.” Everyone ran to follow her out of town.
Many came out to hear what Jesus had to stay, and they were amazed at His words. They said to the woman, “We don’t believe now because of what you’ve said, but because of what we’ve heard.” They begged Jesus to stay longer and teach them. So, Jesus stayed for two more days.
Jesus heals the Nobleman’s Son
After two days Jesus traveled up to Galilee, and stopped in Cana, where He had turned the water to wine. There was a Roman official whose son was very sick. He was very worried his son would die.
He heard Jesus was back in town and hurried to beg for his son’s life. “Please,” he begged Jesus, “Please heal my son. He will die if you don’t.” Jesus looked at him, and then over at the other people and sighed, “Unless you see a miracle, you will not believe.” The man continued to ask Jesus to heal his son, “Please sir, he is very sick.” Jesus answered, “You may go, your son will live.” The man thanked Jesus and went to go home.
The man was very excited to get home and find out what Jesus had done, if he had healed his boy. As he was walking on the road home, he was met by one of his servants. “Sir, I have good news,” the servant announced, “Your son is better. The fever is gone.” “When did this happen?” the official asked. “It happened about 2:00,” was the answer. The official shook his head in amazement, this was when he had been talking to Jesus.