He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. John 4:3-4
I can get distracted. I have been told by those closest to me that if I I were a child I would be classified as ADHD. I usually smile and say to them, “I am easily bored with a subject.” I would say many suffer similar conditions or situations. Once while teaching a teenage Sunday school class, a student was right in the middle of a discussion when everyone was interrupted with, “Squirrel!” Sure enough a squirrel ran right by the window and it was enough to disrupt the conversation. Needless to say, the class was fixed the rest of the time on the window expecting the critter to return.
Jesus was a man who was fixed on His objective. I thought of verse 4 where is says, “He must needs go to Samaria.” His reason for going was there was a woman who needed to hear that He is the Messiah. He had to go because her testimony would lead many more to come to Him. He had to go to set the order of things for when He departed this earth. Remember that the Great Commission tells us to go to Jerusalem, Judea, then Samaria… Acts 1:7-8. Later Phillip would reach the people of Samaria with the Word and a church was established there. Acts 8.
The story goes much further. The Lord also said in giving the commission to go to the uttermost part of the world. I think the Apostles thought that the Lord meant to find the scattered sheep of Israel, but the Lord meant to go to the Gentiles. Believe it or not, this meant reaching the Samaritans first. The Samaritans were half breeds. They were rejected by the Jews and the Jews never went into the land known as Samaria. This is told to us in the encounter with between the Lord and the Samaritan woman. The need for salvation was clear. The need to announce His ministry was clear. That is to everyone but the apostles. Why? The Jews looked down on the Samaritans. Once they entered into the Samaritan village Jesus was left alone and behold the woman came. He came to this place to reach this woman, and he did.
Our Lord saved us with purpose. Not only did He establish His church, He told us to reach the world. We have many modern distractions, but telling others of Jesus is our job. Don’t let a “Squirrel!”