Your Samaria: The People You Don't Like

Your Samaria - The People You Don’t Like

John 4:4 And He (Jesus) HAD to pass through Samaria. (ESV)

Jesus left Judea to avoid trouble with the religious leaders:

MAP of Judea, Samaria, Galilee

Instead of going the normal route that Jews take around Samaria by crossing the Jordan River, traveling north, and then crossing the Jordan back into Galilee

He went straight north into Samaria

It was a direct and shorter route, but Jews did not go that way because they hated Samaritans

This trip resulted in one of the special evangelistic encounters in the Bible:

The trip to Samaria was God’s plan - Jesus HAD TO minister to a hurting woman at the well

We could say - He was compelled to go to Samaria.

Why? Because He had a divine appointment with a hurting woman

God can direct us or even compel us to go places and talk to people that we previously avoided.

STORY: A freshman was at a college in Ohio

This young man was very discouraged because he injured his knee playing college football a few months earlier

His dream of playing professional football was crushed

He had no idea what His purpose in life would be without football

But on a Monday in February of 1979, God sent two-time Heisman Trophy winner and professional football player Archie Griffin to his college to share the good news of Jesus

After hearing Archie’s testimony that night, he transferred all of his trust onto Jesus’ and the sacrifice He made for the forgiveness of our sins

His life has never been the same

WHAT IS UNUSUAL about this?

There were both social and religious barriers at this school and Archie by God’s grace crossed over them - as Jesus did

Archie presented the message of eternal life

THE MAN WHO WAS SAVED SAID THIS: I exalt Him (Jesus) for crossing over man-made barriers to save undeserving sinners like me

John 4:7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

John 4:8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)

John 4:9 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.)

The reason “Jews have no dealings with Samaritans” was because of their history:

When Assyria conquered the Northern Kingdom 700 years before Christ, many of the Jews were exported, and many foreigners were imported

The Jews who stayed and the Gentiles who came intermarried

The offspring were called Samaritans. (They were a mixed race)

Most Jews hated them and would have nothing to do with them

Also, Jewish leaders did not converse with women in public, and they most certainly did not talk with Samaritan women

If a Jew called someone a Samaritan, it was considered a grave insult

Jesus not only spoke to a woman, but he also requested that she do Him the favour of drawing water and giving Him a drink

Because the Jews believed that they would be ceremonially unclean if they used a vessel handled by a Samaritan, the woman expressed surprise that He would ask her for a drink

One: Identify Your Samaria

Who represents your Samaria? 

One way to find out is we can ask ourself, “Who do I dislike the most?

Who do I try to avoid the most?” 

NOTE: we may error by thinking the people who are the nicest to us - are the people the most ready to hear the gospel - That wasn’t the case with this Samaritan lady

What about - the person whose values and lifestyle are the opposite of our own?

The person who has so many problems?

NOTE: We can ask the Lord to show us who represents our Samaria

I have listened to one too many politician attack wealthy people:

Because I read the Bible - and believe and do the Bible - I take my cues from Jesus

Look at how He ministered to a wealthy man

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus, looking at him, LOVED HIM, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” (NKJV)

It is quite difficult to influence or minister to anyone unless we love them as they are

SUMMARY: the people that rub us the wrong way - (I mean worst than anyone else) - they would be our Samaria

Two: Crossover into Samaria

We can choose to let go of all prejudices and surrender to His will

Are we willing to do whatever it takes to reach people that no one else wants to reach?

Jesus was willing to cross over the barriers of prejudices to love on this lady

He was ready to give her living water the moment she believed in Him


He understood the mission at hand - knowing God’s plans and purposes were “God so LOVED THE WORLD” - Jesus Christ is for the WORLD

He was more than happy to love on this lady

Jesus Didn’t Allow His Jewish Blood to Sabotage His Mission