In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus encounters a woman at Jacob’s well in the town of Sychar. As we study this passage carefully, it says that Jesus “had” to go through Samaria to get to Galilee.
Actually, there were three routes that people took to get from Judea up to Galilee: along the coast, across the Jordan and up through Perea, or straight through Samaria.
Normally Jews, who had a deep-seated hatred for the Samaritans, would choose a route to avoid them. So it was very unusual for Jesus and his disciples to travel straight through Samaria. Yet it says that Jesus had to go through Samaria. It appears that He had a divine appointment with this woman who needed Him greatly, even though she didn’t know it at first.
Sermon preached on May 20, 2018.