Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him. John 4:27-30
Would we have reacted the same way today as the Samaritan woman did two thousand years ago? Probably not, we would suspect either a trick or a hoax. Maybe this Jesus fellow is trying to con me. After all, He could have just looked me up on the internet. No telling what this guy is up to. There is so much information floating around that we are no longer surprised when a stranger knows intimate details about us. In fact the only people we would likely call would be the police.
In the first century this would have been amazing. Maybe everyone in your town knew all about you but not a stranger. And for a Jew to know this about a Samaritan, it would have been unheard of. In fact a Jew would have cared less about the private life of a Samaritan woman. They would have just assumed it would be bad. So when Jesus stops and talks to her it is no wonder the woman ran into town telling everyone what had just happened.
Jesus knew everything about this woman and when she heard Him she knew that only God could possibly know what Jesus knew. She had no qualms identifying Jesus as the Christ. The Samaritans, descended from the Jews left in the land after the Babylonian exile, also expected the Messiah to come. They knew the promise made to Abraham.
Jesus came first to the Jews but He turned no one away from God’s kingdom. Today, two thousand years later, He still will turn no one away. All He asks if that they believe.
Have a blessed day,