PETER: John! The master is speaking with a woman!
JOHN: Not just any woman… she is clearly a Samaritan.
PETER: Should we question Him about this? Surely he knows that this type of thing is most unusual… most improper…
JOHN: No. I think not. I think… well, we have to trust that the teacher knows what He is doing. We must not speak of it. We must not say anything.
(The woman gets up and leaves her water pot behind and exits. She is very excited.)
(Peter and John cross to Jesus carrying baskets of bread and fruit)
PETER: Rabbi, please eat something.
JESUS: I have food to eat that you do not know about.
PETER: (Looking around the area for some signs of food and looking at John …both puzzled. They speak to each other away from Jesus.) Did someone bring Him something to eat?
JOHN: I don’t see how. There are no signs of any food or that anyone brought Him any. That is why we have purchased this food. He couldn’t have eaten. But I will ask Him… (To Jesus) Master…
JESUS: My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor. (Jesus, Peter and John exit. The scene continues with a new scene which now comes into view. There are some townspeople gathered as the Samaritan woman enters with her exciting news. You may need to dim the lights and bring them back up again after the scene change)
SAMARITAN WOMAN: Come quickly, everyone! There is a stranger at Jacob’s well! A Jew! He claims to be the Christ! You must come and see Him and hear what He has to say!
TOWN’S PERSON: What? Why were you even speaking with a Jew?
SAMARITAN WOMAN: I wouldn’t have, but He spoke to me first! He asked me for a drink of water.
TOWN’S PERSON: A stranger who claims to be the Christ? Surely you do not believe him?
SAMARITAN WOMAN: I know I should not. Such a one we would think mad…but the things He said to me…
TOWN’S PERSON: What did he say?
SAMARITAN WOMAN: He told me about all my husbands, and he knew that the man I am with is not my husband. (Others began to gather to listen to what she is saying)
TOWN’S PERSON: He is some kind of seer…
SAMARITAN WOMAN: A prophet of God! I called Him that, and He did not deny it. When I spoke of the Messiah coming, He said that He is the Messiah!...the Christ! But this is not the Christ, is it?
TOWN’S PERSON: How can it be? It surely isn’t!