The best thing about Christmas is the food. But I don’t mean the food that tends to come to mind at the suggestion.
Eating in Samaria
In John chapter 4, Jesus and his disciples had stopped in the Samaritan town of Sychar for food. But the disciples weren’t aware that their idea of food was different than Jesus’s idea of food.
Part of the reason for this is because the disciples’ assumption about why they were in Samaria didn’t match Jesus’s plans. They saw Samaria as a “fly-over” region, a place you had to pass through to get where you want to be. They didn’t see the half-breed heretic Samaritans as their gospel calling. But the Samaritans did have food and the disciples were hungry, so they were happy enough to stop in Sychar for bread.
But Samaria was not a rest stop for Jesus. Samaria was a field ripe for harvest. Jesus was not there to get bread from the Samaritans; he was there to give Bread to them (John [6:51]). And in doing so he would be eating his favorite meal.
When the disciples got back to Jacob’s well with the food they thought they were in Sychar to get, and saw Jesus talking with a Samaritan woman of dubious reputation (three reasons they thought he shouldn’t have been talking with her), they were perplexed. And when they offered him bread, they were even more perplexed to find out that Jesus had already eaten. Somehow he had gotten food they didn’t know about (John [4:32]). It just got increasingly confusing when he said that his food was to do the will of his Father (John [4:34]). What was the nourishing will of the Father in the spiritual wilderness of Samaria?
Written by Jon Bloom
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