Intentional grace


Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.  A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”  (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) John 4:6-9

Did you notice what Jesus did?

  • Purposefully, he went through Samaria.
  • And purposefully, he sent the disciples to buy food so that he could be alone.
  • Purposefully, he sat on the well (she could not avoid him!)
  • Purposefully, he asked a woman—even though he knew was a Samaritan—for a drink. He didn’t just ask for permission to get a drink himself, but for a drink from her.

Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.”  or “Are you really asking to use the same bucket of water as ME?”

Jesus designed this interaction. This is grace in action. He didn’t “just happen” to meet this Samaritan woman. This meeting was intentional.

Jesus was intentionally gracious with this woman and God is intentionally gracious with us.  What does this mean for our interactions with others?

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