My partner Terry and I are teaching through the Gospel of John for our studies in jail. We are doing 2-3 chapters at a time, and showing the corresponding sections of the movie “The Gospel Of John“. The women seem to really be enjoying it.
I taught on John 4 a couple weeks ago, and as I prepared the lesson it really struck me that the FIRST person Jesus chose to reveal Himself to as Messiah was the woman at the well.
A Samaritan – despised by the Jewish people, so much so that most Jews would travel miles out of their way to avoid getting Samaritan dust on their feet.
A woman – someone a traditional Jewish rabbi wouldn’t acknowledge or speak to, much less have a serious discussion with.
And an immoral woman at that! Likely a social outcast, given the time of day she was going to draw water from the well.
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
“The woman said to Him, ‘I know that the Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He.'” John 4:25-26
Jesus could have chosen anyone for this incredible honor – being the first to hear from His own lips that He is the Messiah… and He chose this rejected, immoral Samaritan woman! He singled her out to receive this precious gift. The disciples were perplexed by that, and I imagine they didn’t understand the significance of it for a long, long time. But what a powerful and beautiful display of the love, mercy and grace of our Lord and Savior!