To Unsafe Places

Sometimes we are taken out of our comfort zone,

It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water.

John4:7

Collecting water at midday would leave one exhausted and perspiring. Later we hear she has had a string of failed relationships. Maybe she was avoiding those who despised her.

Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well.

John 4:6

The one avoiding relationship met Jesus who, being exhausted, had not gone into town. Maybe he was avoiding company?

Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”

John 4:7

They came together through need. Jesus was thirsty. There followed a conversation ending,

 “I know that Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

John 4:25-26

One of the clearest statements Jesus made about his identity.

the woman went back to the town and said to the people,  “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.  Could this be the Messiah?”  

John 4:28-29

The woman is willing to go to people who despise her with a message that would sound unbelievable. Who would accept it? Though despised, the love instilled by Jesus is greater.

Many of the Samaritans from that town  believed in him because of the woman’s testimony,

John 439

Her risk bore fruit. Am I ready to let Jesus lead me to people I don’t want to relate to?


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