The Samaritan Woman at the Well.
Two of those words tell their own story. The Jews and the Samaritans did not have a good relationship. This goes back to the Old Testament, the separation of the twelve tribes, different places of worship, and the Samaritans intermarrying with the Assyrians (outside of their religion). So the fact that Jesus went through Samaria is interesting in itself. On top of that, Jesus stops to talk to a woman. Please remember that this was a different time and culture all together, and the role that women had back in those times was completely different.
What I love about Jesus doing this is that it shows that He went out of His way for the people that society might consider the “untouchables” or “outsiders.” Knowing that this is Jesus’ heart, that He Himself sought out those people, I know that as Christ followers, we too should have a heart for ALL people from ALL walks of life.
Jesus asks this woman for a drink from the well and even the woman is baffled as to why this Jewish man would be talking to her. He goes on to offer her the Living Water and then prophesies about her situation (5 previous husbands and a current live in boyfriend) She immediately connects the dots and kind of inquires when she says that there is one coming who will tell all, the Messiah. And in a rare direct admission, Jesus confirms His identity.
After a lengthy discussion, this woman runs back into town to declare that Christ has come. From there, many go down, meet with Christ, and believe. The beauty of this is that God used a woman who was an outcast, both culturally and socially, to bear the good news of the Messiah. Our God cares for all, and there is no one “too far gone” to be saved and used of God to do wonderful things, no matter where you’re from, what lifestyle you’ve led, or any other thing that would be considered an obstacle to anyone else.
So let’s take a look at our own lives. Which side of the well are you on? Do you think you lifestyle, situation, or previous actions make you an untouchable? Do you think that you’ve done too much to be forgiven by God? OR Are you a Christian who is afraid to be seen with those that seem unlovable? Do you judge other people harshly or do you, dear Christian, reach out the hand of fellowship to those who are lost as you once were?
We all need to take a cue from Jesus and reach out with truth and love to those that are hurting or lost while remaining humble and remembering our sinful beginnings. Let us be those hands and feet of Christ, even when it is uncomfortable, or out of the way, or any other thing we could think of to stay away.