John 4, Psalm 4
What good thing can come out of Nazareth? We know the messiah comes from Nazareth (John 4:25-26). This messiah is not only going to do great works for the Jewish people, but for all people that will worship in Spirit and in truth (John 4:21-24). When Jesus meets this woman, the regional conflicts between Samaritans and Jewish people to to the south make it strange Jesus and the disciples actually passed through Samaria en route to Galilee. Typically Jewish people from Judah would take the long way around Samaria to avoid the people there altogether. However, Jesus wants to make a true worshipper out of this woman so many neighbors considered vile, given her serial divorces. For this woman to worship, however, she must learn what it means for Jesus to provide water that will never run dry, a drink superior to that from great Jacob’s well. In fact Jesus intends to give God’s Spirit even to Samaritans who will believe in the Messiah’s message. God’s Spirit will not be confined to location or nationality. The Lord’s power power will not be bound by prejudice and longstanding hostility. Jesus, the man from Nazareth, makes worshippers out of peoples from around the world. Amen.