Read John 4:1-26
In Jesus’ day there was a well-known fact Jews and Samaritans did not socialize together. Another part of that time and tradition was the fact
Jewish men did not openly speak to a woman in public. With those two things present, it would have been quite easy for Jesus to bypass Samaria on His journey. No one would have thought twice about it.
But Jesus is different. John 4:4 says “But He needed to go through Samaria.” In going to Samaria,Jesus is showing the world there is no reason for the barrier between these two races. He demonstrates kindness to the people of Samaria by purposely going there.
While He was there resting at the well, He strikes up a conversation with a woman. Not just any woman but an outcast, despised, lonely, and sinful woman. Jesus shows kindness to her and elevated her value in society, when He spoke to her. He considered her important by virtue of spending time speaking to her when no one else would.
Jesus demonstrated that both Samaritans and women should not be treated as though they were some contagious disease, something to avoid or steer clear of, but as real people with real needs.
Are there people you are avoiding? Show some kindness today. Strike up a conversation with someone you wouldn’t normally talk to.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the many ways you demonstrate kindness to us. Today Lord, we thank you for the example you have given us in the book of John. Help us to see people as you do with real needs and feelings just like us. Help us break down the barrier keeping us from connecting with them. In your name we pray Amen.
©ThinkOnIt Bible Ministries Inc. Written by Elizabeth Marks.