Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he 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 4:20-26
How would you like to have to go to Washington, DC whenever you wanted to worship God? How often would you go? How soon would you tire of the trip, maybe grumbling all the way? Well, that is just what the Israelites had to do. Each Passover they were supposed to go to the Temple in Jerusalem to worship God and make sacrifices. The Samaritans did not go the Jerusalem as they had their own place of worship on Mount Gerizim. Both groups had to travel in order to worship God.
Now was that what God wanted? In the time of Moses, the Tabernacle was in the midst of the people and no one had to go far to worship. However, after the exile the Jews were more and more dispersed. They had to travel miles to get to the temple. Since people are basically the same it is reasonable to expect that some decided to trip was too hard and so just stopped worshiping. Also, God wants to have a relationship with each of us and having to go through a priest just hinders that relationship.
Jesus came to get rid of the middleman and allow all of us to go directly to God. Don’t think this is something new. Throughout the Old Testament we see people with close personal relationships with God. Abraham, David, Jacob and all the prophets had such a relationship with God. This is how it was meant to be. This is how God created us, to have such an intimate relationship with Him. Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that now is the time that everyone will worship in spirit and truth, directly with God, no intermediaries necessary.
Finally when she says she knows the Messiah will come, Jesus tells her that He is the Anointed of God, the Messiah.
Have a blessed day,