In John chapter 4 verses 27 through 45, Jesus and His disciples started a journey to Galilee. In order to make it to Galilee, they had to pass through Samaria. The Jews despised Samaritans so much they would walk around Samaria in order to get from Judea to Galilee.
However, Jesus wasn’t bound by racial barriers.
John 4:4 said, He had to pass through Samaria. In Samaria, Jesus has a divine encounter with a Samaritan woman who Jesus knew was living in sin. Jesus proclaimed to the woman that He was Messiah. Shortly after this declaration, Jesus’ disciples arrived on the scene for they had gone to the city to buy food. After urging Jesus to eat, Jesus declared to His disciples that His food was to do the will of the Father and Finish His work. Jesus was referring to food as His mission.
Meanwhile, the woman left her water pot and went into her city telling fellow Samaritans of her encounter. Could this have been the first female missionary in the New Testament? Many Samaritans in the city believed in the Messiah because of her testimony. Many Samaritans professed faith not just in the Jewish Messiah but in Jesus as the Savior of the world.
Our passage today helps us understand that salvation is not exclusively for the Jews. It also teaches us that we should put spiritual opportunities ahead of our physical needs. Are you keeping your eyes open for a spiritual harvest? Be aware of spiritual opportunities around you today:
“Do you not say, ‘there are yet four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:35