A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him,
“How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”
For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God,
and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’
you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
When Jesus came into the world to help us, He did not approach us from a superior level, as being above us.
He had already emptied Himself completely by becoming human,
yet He still refused to approach humanity as a superior human being.
In order to help the Samaritan woman, the first thing He did was ask her for some water.
He asked her for a service.
In other words, the message He gave her was:
“You have something I do not have. I need something from you.”
He, the One who created the waters, made Himself in need of water.
God helps us by going beneath us, not above us.