39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
A few decade ago, there was no internet, no smartphone and no way of quickly communicating news. A correspondent who is in the area can report on the news and we would hear about it at the end of the day or the next day. Today, news is spread very quickly. When an event happens, people with smartphones can capture it, tweet it and share the news quickly. We can even get automatic news feeds to our phone so that we are updated as news happens.
When Jesus travelled through Samaria, he stopped to get water and approached a Samaritan woman and asked her for water. Historically, Jews would avoid going through Samaria and they would never talk to a woman, especially this woman who had a history of being with many men. Jesus could have done what most Jews would do and that is to go around Samaria. Ultimately, Jesus had a plan and foresaw the opportunity to talk to this woman. She didn’t have the best reputation, but she went anyway to share the news about Jesus to the whole town. She could have been embarrassed to share the news, but the whole town was interested in her news and wanted to know more about Jesus. We all have an opportunity to be like this woman and to share the news.