The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him.
(John 4:25-30 ESV)
I read this passage a few days ago and didn’t see in it what I’m about to share. The passage that I included above is generally not what people teach and preach about. I, personally, have never heard it taught about. There are three reasons this maybe the case. The most probable reason is that, like me, I don’t think many people notice it. Another reason is that it’s dismissed as not important. The third reason is that it flies in the face of what many clergy (especially evangelical clergy) believe: that women are called to preach and teach the Gospel even to men.Before you read on, I encourage you to read all of John 4 and then read again the quoted passage above.
A person could write an entire book about all that Jesus shares in this story but I want to key on the a few facts. In this story we have a Jewish teacher speaking to a Samaritan woman at a well in mid-day. This situation is wrong a a number of levels. Jesus should not have been speaking to any woman like that let alone a Samaritan woman “living in sin”!
Yet Jesus knows what He’s doing and He speaks to her plainly, telling her who He is. And she believes and runs to town to tell others. And they believe and come to listen to Jesus.
Here’s the deal. Jesus calls who He calls and those called have authority and must be listened to. This is so obvious that not even Peter questions Jesus as He is speaking to this woman. The woman at the well as we like to call her was one Jesus’ first evangelists. She preached the Good News before the Church even existed. It’s an awesome responsibility to sit in judgement on another’s call from Christ because Christ Jesus doesn’t always call the ones who fit our personal mold.