A husband or Wife but not Married

In the gospel of John chapter four when Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman, he brought up a very important subject in a very skillful way. Jesus started by first asking for a drink of water which also led her to ask for the living water.

In John 4:15 the Samaritan woman asked him, “…Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither” (KJV). What followed next unveiled a vital step in reconciling man to God. Jesus could have just told her to follow a religious tradition if that was the best solution, but he did not. He went right to the core of her own personal life issues and touched something that initiated real change. That is what Jesus does in our lives.

When Jesus asked her to go and call her husband she could have acknowledged the fact that she was married, but that could not have been true. In John 4:17-18 the Bible says, “The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly” (‭KJV). This woman had a husband, but she was not really married. The first husband was her true husband and the rest of the other four were not her husbands. That is what the word of God reveals to us. When she confessed that she had no husband, it was the truth and that opened her way to God.

The church is the bride and Jesus is the bridegroom. Jesus made the choice of choosing his bride (the church) once. In Mark 10: 9 the Bible says, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (‭KJV). God does not like divorce. In Mark 10:11-12 the Bible says, “And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery” (‭KJV). This is the reason why Jesus pointed out to the Samaritan woman that she was right by saying that she had no husband. She had a husband, but she was really not married.

Jesus was not judging that Samaritan woman. He wanted her to draw from the well that never runs dry. He is also not judging you and me because he knows that when we drink the living water nothing else matters. His heart searching questions are for a purpose of bringing us to the truth. A lot depends on how we interpret our reality in the light of the word of God. Jesus did not advise that woman to go and divorce the fifth husband because she was living in sin. He just wanted her to drink that living water. When you meet Jesus all things become new and that is what happens to those who meet Jesus.

The relationship of a husband or wife symbolizes a union that does not break. In the natural only death can separate those who are in that union. In the spirit the union is meant to be established for ever. Jesus Christ will be with the church (bride) for ever. Sin brings separation, but Jesus Christ takes away that sin forever. That is how through Christ we become one with God.

Are you one with God through Jesus Christ?