Thursday, March 24, 2011
This coming Sunday we will be focusing on John 4.5-42. In this passage Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well. But this wasn't just any ole' well ----- this was a well that Jacob had built hundreds of years before. Jesus asks her for a drink and there is an uncomfortable interchange that transpires. There were so many cultural inhibitions that go on in this interchange. First, men and women didn't really talk in public. Second, Jesus was a Jew and she was a Samaritan. Third, this was going on in the middle of the day ---- when most people would try to stay out of the sun. This conversation culminates with Jesus saying in verse 13: "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." Jesus would have never had this conversation with the Samaritan woman if he had allowed himself to be relegated to the cultural norms. I wonder if we would have these "spring of water", conversations if we could get over some of our cultural inhibitions? Where do you think you could go this week to engage in meaningful conversation?