May 26, 2016

John 4:7-14

She lived in the shadows, this nameless woman who has been branded simply as “the woman at the well.” This is a scene from the life of Jesus that is so familiar to us that its social and spiritual significance can be lost if not kept in the proper historical perspective.

First of all, Jesus had to go through Samaria because he intended to bring salvation to the Samaritan town of Sychar by using one of her most unlikely and least “worthy” citizens.

It was high noon, and the woman had waited and waited for all the women to get their water jugs filled for the day because she did not want to endure their disapproving whispers and caustic stares. Finally, when the last woman left, she quickly bent down to pick up her jug only to discover to her dismay that a Jewish man was now seated at the well. Breathing out a deep sigh, she decided to go ahead with her task because there was no way this man would even look at her much less speak to her. She was wrong. He did speak to her, and Jesus’ words to this woman changed everything. It is in this context that Galatians 3:27-29 cries out for the liberation of all people who obediently follow Christ: “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.”

Jesus sought this woman out and engaged her in a very deep spiritual discussion that rivaled any of the recorded discussions he had with his disciples.

If God calls and equips someone to bring his message to the world, should that individual’s social status, race, or gender be questioned? Consider Galatians 3:27-29 very carefully before giving your answer.