In Part I we discovered that in many of Jesus’ encounters with people their conversation evoked tension. In the gospels some of His encounters are messy. Some are confusing. Most of them are fraught with tension, a tension between grace and truth.
In the story of the woman at the well in John 4, the encounter begins with tension. Tension between a Jewish man and a Samaritan woman, the Savior of the Word and a sinful outcast. In the story Jesus offers the woman His grace, the “living water” of eternal life. But His grace is balanced by His truth when He tells her to go get her husband and come back.
BAM! Grace and truth collide head on! She has had five husbands and the man she’s living with is not her husband. Grace is wonderful, but sometimes truth is like a kick in the solar plexus.
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