“Can This Be the Christ?”

June 21, 2015

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Samaria was sandwiched between Galilee and Judea, awkward geography for Jews and Samaritans since there was little love between the two peoples. The Samaritans were the vague remnant of the northern tribes of Israel who were exiled to Assyria but their worship of Yahweh was co-mingled with paganism and idolatry. In the eyes of the Jews, the Samaritans were spiritual half-breeds. Jesus, however, had more than one redemptive encounter with the Samaritans, plowing through the prejudicial enmity like passing through post-resurrection doors. His sovereignly ordained run-in with the oft-married Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well outside Sychar is particularly remarkable. Jesus reveals to her that He is the Better Well, the Wellspring with Living Water, the Gift of God; He tells her plainly He is the Christ (The Messiah). When she runs into town to spread the news, she may not have been the most compelling evangelist but Samaritans flocked to see for themselves and many met their Savior. Her words still resound in Luke 4:29 (ESV): “Come, see a Man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”

Bible References

  • John 4:1 - 41
  • John 3:16 - 17