Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
One of the first people to whom Jesus revealed Himself as the Messiah was the Samaritan woman. Typically Jews looked down on the Samaritans because they were a mixed race, part Jew and part Greek. Samaritans also refused to worship in the Jerusalem temple.
However, this woman was of special interest to Jesus. She has been married several times, and the man she was living with at that point was not her husband. Warren Wiersbe sets the scene:
Because He was on a divinely appointed schedule, it was necessary that Jesus go through Samaria…He would meet a woman there and lead her into saving faith, the kind of true faith that would affect an entire village.
Our Lord was no respecter of persons. Earlier, He counseled a moral Jewish man (John 3), and now He would witness to an immoral Samaritan woman! …In that day, it was not considered proper for any man, especially a rabbi, to speak in public to a strange woman (John 4:27). But our Lord set social customs aside because a soul’s eternal salvation was at stake.
Jesus had only one purpose in mind when He came to earth, and that was to rescue us from sin. Through the life of this woman, we are given a picture of ourselves. Each of us deserves death, but because of God’s mercy and grace, He has granted us eternal life. Just as Jesus came to the woman at the well, He comes to us.
Thank You, Lord, for coming to me to reveal Yourself and Your plan for my life.