Text: John 4:1-30; 39-42
This is a story about a conversation. It’s heavy on dialogue, short on action.
There’s really not much happening here until the very end. Jesus and a Samaritan woman meet each other at a well, start talking, and keep talking. It’s a long conversation – the longest Jesus has with an individual in all the gospels. It opens with Jesus asking her for a drink of water, but we’re never even told if he ever got it. The conversation takes over, and turns into something much more than giving and receiving a drink of water from a well.
What makes the conversation remarkable, aside from its length, is that it even happened in the first place. Neither Jesus nor the Samaritan woman had much business being at that well at that time.
Jesus had been in the Judean countryside, the area around the holy city of Jerusalem. He’s on his way back to Galilee, his home region. Up north. John says, “Jesus left Judea and started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria.”
If you look on a map, it’s true that as you head north out of Judea, you’ll soon...