Chapter 4 of the Gospel of John we see the appearance of a new character. It begins with a conversation between Jesus and a woman of questionable character. The Samaritan Woman.
Let’s begin in verse 1…
John 4:1-4 (NKJV)
a Samaritan Meets Her Messiah
4 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
The chapter picks up at the end of the events in chapter 3, with Jesus still in Judea, preparing to leave for the Galilee. Jesus is leaving we’re told because the Pharisees had heard Jesus was baptizing even more than John the Baptist. As we mentioned earlier, it was Jesus’ disciples who were doing the baptizing, not Jesus. But regardless, the Pharisees were increasingly worried about Jesus’ growing popularity and they think He is going to become a danger to their power. Samaritan Woman Continue reading