When we consider the question, What Would Jesus Do? (as we started to do last week), we must keep in mind that Jesus’ actions didn’t always conform to societal norms. Perhaps no clearer example of this is seen than in the 4th chapter of John’s gospel when Jesus encounters the woman at the well. Remember in Jesus’ day that Jewish men didn’t speak to women in public, not even their wives. Jewish men certainly wouldn’t speak to a Samaritan woman as Samaritans were considered unclean. On this particularly hot and dusty afternoon, Jesus encounters one Samaritan woman who would have been considered seriously unclean. She had been married and divorced 5 times and was currently living with a man she was not married to (v.18). She was at the well at noon (not the normal time for getting water) because she was probably a social outcast who didn’t mix very well with other more virtuous women. And yet here is Jesus asking this awful woman (the world’s view) for a drink of water. Not only does Jesus ask her for a drink of water, but He engages her in a discussion about the living water that is most enlightening. A discussion we can still gleam much truth from today.
Jesus’ actions would have been considered shocking as He was breaking all kinds of Jewish taboos. Yet Jesus had a far more important purpose than simply getting a drink of water from this lonely, heartbroken (5 divorces), Samaritan woman. He had a plan to affect Sychar for eternity and this woman was part of the plan
In fact, when we carefully study Jesus’ life, we find many of His actions are profoundly shocking and His Words difficult to comprehend. How about “cutting off your hand or plucking out your eye if they cause you to sin?” That is kind of a challenging statement. But again I believe there is great value in considering What Would Jesus Do? Jesus’ words and life would certainly move us out of our comfort zone and transform our worldview if our hearts are really open to the answer of What Would Jesus Do? There are some things that I know I need to work on every day and that I can’t do without His help and the empowerment of His Holy Spirit. How about the one that says “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her”. How are you men doing with that one? How am I doing with that one?
In His Name,
Pastor Rich Sivo