Some of my readers appreciate my series called “Scripture… As We Live It“. In that series, I “remix” Scripture so that it matches how we really live.
But, what would Jesus look like if he lived the way that we live… if he related to people the way that we relate to people?
Jesus had to go through Samaria. At the sixth hour, tired and thirsty from his travels, Jesus sat down at Jacob’s Well near Sychar.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water and seeing Jesus asked, “Sir, will you give me a drink?”
Startled, Jesus said, “How is it that you, a Samaritan, ask me, a Jew, for a drink?”
“Sir,” the woman said, “I am thirsty. I am weary in this hot sun. I am weary of bearing shame from those in my village.”
Jesus replied, “You are a woman. Do not speak to me in public.”
“Silence! Do not speak. You and your water pot and all you touch are unclean!”
Weeping, the woman cried, “Yes, I know, I knowâ€¦”
“You are immoral, too, living with a man who is not your husband after you have had five husbands!”
“I wasâ€¦was so lonelyâ€¦and afraid,” she cried softly.
“You are a heretic. You unorthodox Samaritan. Tampering with Torah to justify your rebellious worship. Jerusalem is Godâ€™s chosen city. Salvation is of the Jews. Don’t you get it, Woman?”
“Sir, when Messiah comes he will make known all things.”
The disciples returned and seeing Jesus and the woman asked among themselves, “Is that woman really talking to Jesus? Certainly not to ‘our’ Jesus.”
Unfortunately, I think John’s re-imagining of Jesus represents (too closely) the way we (Christians, and especially evangelical Christians) often treat people.