Jesus had waited patiently, but now He knew it was time to start to carry the message of hope and show people the true nature of God. John was probably thinking about the critical steps in the building of Jesus ministry when the story at Jacob’s Well came to mind.
As His disciples, I am sure that John and the guys were leery of Jesus heading into Sychar, Samaria. No respected Jewish man would be seen there! Especially not a Rabbi! Still, they had probably already learned to roll with whatever Jesus did! So, they went out to replenish supplies while Jesus waited by the well.
As the woman approached, Jesus greeted her warmly and asked for a drink. The red flags that launched…talking to a woman?!!? Talking to a Samaritan woman?!!? Accepting water from this hated mongeral person?!!? This would not post well on Insta, Twitter, or LinkedIn! Jesus simply did not care. His Father loved us all! What better way to send that message than to start His public declaration as Messiah in the last place the religious establishment would ever accept.
Everything Jesus did promotes the Father’s agenda, not the religious agenda. God wanted and still wants to shout His desire to bring all people back into fellowship. That is why Jesus was forever hugging lepers, dining with the human rabble and going where the religious would not dare to go.
John knew the church had to be willing to cross all the religious divides and, as he lived exiled on the Isle of Patmos, John knew they had done that. Jesus boldly tore down the traditional fences that locked God out of lives! His friend refused to let tradition and bigotry stop the mission of saving the world.
Ironically, one of Jesus’ draws was his miraculous signs and wonders. It would only be many years later that we all realized that reaching out across all barriers to love the unloved may have been our Lord’s greatest miracle of all.
God Bless You
Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “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.[a])
10 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.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”