Notes from the Journey with the Disciples – 42

42. Now, he had to go through Samaria (John 4:4).

Truth is, there’s no evidence as to why Jesus “had to” go through Samaria. The well at Sychar wasn’t on the way to anywhere he was headed. The only cause we can see is that He had to connect with a woman in need. This is the amazing truth of the incarnation. God is compelled to come and to seek out those who are lost and to open the door of love, relationship, and Heaven to even the most broken. He had to. Why? We see mercy as a choice, but it is a piece of His nature. The only One who can compel God to action is God himself and this is who He is. He had to go to Samaria and the collective wisdom of His traveling party wouldn’t stop Him. In the same way, He had to come to you.


One thought on “Notes from the Journey with the Disciples – 42

  • May 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    A fascinating passage – the word “dei” gives us the clue. It is best translated “it is necessary.” Jesus was under a divine imperative to meet up with this woman, who by the way was the first person to whom Jesus revealed that He was the Messiah.


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