The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us." Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."
When Jesus promised to give this Samaritan woman water that would quench her thirst forever, she seeks an explanation. But she asks the wrong question.
Like most people in the world today, she is so focused on the physical thing that she almost misses the spiritual opportunity in front of her.
Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.
It is natural to get caught up in the day to day work of survival and necessity. We need something to jar us, bring us to our senses, and cause us to focus on our spiritual condition as well.
Jesus brings this woman into reality by asking her to go get her husband. He did this because he knew she had five previous husbands and was living with a man who was not her husband.
When the woman realized Jesus knew all about her, she knew He must be a prophet and so the conversation turns at last the way Jesus planned all along.
Finally, the woman at the well begins to seek explanations to some of her long-standing spiritual questions.
This is the work of the Teacher. And this Teacher not only gives explanations but is a living explanation of how to live a life that pleases God.
This is what Jesus was aiming at in His conversation with this woman at Jacob’s Well. And this is what He hopes for every person in the world.
Students of Jesus come to understand, for He is The Explanation.