Even though the Jews and Samaritans did not have anything to do with each other, Jesus started on the short route across Samaria. At noon, He was tired and sat down on a well while the disciples went into town to get some food.
As a Samaritan woman approached the well to draw water, Jesus asked her for a drink. He was thirsty, but He also wanted to teach her a lesson about living water or eternal life. Jesus made quite an impression on the woman because He revealed some personal facts about her that a stranger just would not know.
Perceiving that Jesus was a prophet, the woman asked Him about worship. He informed her that true worship is in spirit and truth—that, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Not according to man’s ideas and traditions, but with faithful obedience to God’s commands.
After the disciples returned with lunch, the woman returned to the city to tell the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” When the men saw Jesus, many of them believed and they persuaded Him to stay two days and as He taught them, many more believed in Him.