And He had to pass through Samaria.
Written by: Russ Ripley
Many of us read this verse and think: “What is the big deal about Samaria?” During this time devout Jews would walk miles around just to avoid the region of Samaria. Samaritans were Jews who had intermarried with people from other nations and were considered “unclean.” But Jesus “had to pass through Samaria.”
One time my wife and I were walking though the mall. There were many young people hanging out in groups that day. One such group had a number of “those kids.” You know the ones I mean. They had very different clothing, piercings, tattoos, weird hair, and the like. At that moment, both my wife and I see one young man with giant spiked white hair. The spikes had to be two feet long. I reacted “like a Pharisee,” but my wife immediately started walking toward him. I thought “oh no, what is she going to say?” Instead of a judgmental response, like the one I had built up in my head, she said “Can I ask you a question?” The young man responded with “sure.” I thought ‘here it comes, here is where she tells him how messed up that is.’ But no, she asks the question, “How do you get your hair to do that?” No judgement and no condemnation—she was just building a relationship. They talked for quite some time. I don’t know if that young man was changed that day, but I was.
Jesus “had to pass through Samaria” because there was a woman there who desperately needed to hear from God. She needed to hear the words in John 4:26, “Then Jesus told her, ‘I AM the Messiah!’”
Where do your shoes take you? Eph 6:15 says, “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.” Jesus walked to the broken, the lost, the forgotten, and to me and to you.
Thought of the day: Where are you walking? Do you walk “around” those who are not like you? Do you walk around those who sin differently than you? Or do you follow Jesus to Samaria?
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus and His extraordinary love. Help me to see people as You see people. Help me to listen to the Holy Spirit and go where He tells me to go and say what He wants me to say in love and peace. Amen.