Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10 NIV)
Many people have presumptions about others that are not true of everyone. The Samaritan woman sure did. She told Jesus all the things that she knew to be true of the Jews and Samaritans at that time: “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) (John 4:9). And, “Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem” (v. 20). Thankfully, Jesus didn’t let her assumptions keep her from drinking the living water that He offers. Her thirst was forever quenched when she realized that Jesus was unlike all of the Jews – or men – she had known (vv.28-29).
So many people turn away from the true Jesus because their perception of Him has been tarnished by someone or something. Yet He continues to reveal Himself to them because He knows that their presumptions are keeping them from experiencing something better. Get to know the Jesus in the Bible, not the Jesus that some people have unfortunately made Him out to be. He is real, He is good and He loves you.