John 4:16-18 (NLT)
16 �Go and get your husband,� Jesus told her. 17 �I don�t have a husband,� the woman replied. Jesus said, �You�re right! You don�t have a husband�18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren�t even married to the man you�re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!�
Jesus had been talking to a Samaritan woman. While Samaritans knew about God they were limited in their knowledge. Jesus talked to the woman about living water; a metaphor for eternal life. The words seem to have had only a mild impact on her need for Christ. Jesus graciously opened her awareness of sin by asking her to bring her husband. She shifted her conviction by saying she had no husband. Jesus then brings the conviction to light by saying, �You�re right! You don�t have a husband for you have had five husbands and you aren�t even married to the man you are living with now.�
Proverbs says, �Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?� A rhetorical question, for if the person could not prevent the sin in the first place how can they clean themselves from the sin. Jesus realized this woman�s need for grace, mercy and forgiveness, but He wanted her to realize it too. She needed to understand there was sin in her life that she was covering up. So Jesus opened her awareness to the sin and it was then she understood who Christ was. The woman said she knew of the Messiah and Jesus told her it was Him. She went to her village where she told everyone about Jesus and how intimately He knew her. The bible then goes on to say, �Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, �He told me everything I ever did!� When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, �Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.�� Have you opened your heart to Jesus or are you still trying to hold back the sins He knows about and wants to forgive? Jesus loves you and because He loves you He wants a deep and meaningful relationship with you.