But He needed to go through Samaria. - John 4:4 NKJV
Last time we spent most all of a post looking at the word “needed” in the above verse, and found this definition:
“Necessity established by the counsel and decree of God, esp. by that purpose of His which relates to the salvation of men by the intervention of Christ and which is disclosed in the O.T. prophesies.”
…with this addendum:
“moral obligation which arises from divine appointment.” [i]
You see Jesus tells us that the Father directed all His works and actions.
Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. - John 5:19 NASB
He needed to go through Samaria because that is where Father was going.
Jesus followed the Father to green pastures, beside still waters, as willingly as He followed His Father into the valley of the shadow of death – or should I say onto the hill of shame and death.
We will see as this passage unfolds that Jesus truly does have a divine appointment, which will culminate in the salvation of a city. We will even find that what appears to be a chance meeting at a well in Sychar is indeed the fulfillment of Old Testament foreshadowing.
For today though, I want to put a spotlight on what Jesus NEEDED to do.
How did Jesus decide where to go and what to do?
He asked Dad.
My kids do that.
Especially when we are on vacation, they will look at me and say “what are we doing today, dad?”
Often we will talk it out, I may present options that my dear Corinne and I have talked through. Sometimes we will ask early on, what would you really hate to miss while we are here in this place at this time.
But in the end, it comes down to “hey dad, what are we doing today.”
Not a bad way to run your Christian walk.
“Hey Dad, what are we doing today?”
Sometimes He let’s me have a voice in the plans. Sometimes He leaves it completely up to me. Other times, we NEED to go through Samaria.
You are a blessing.
[i] "Greek Lexicon :: G1163 (NASB)." Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 1 Jul, 2014. http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1163&t=NASB