But He needed to go through Samaria. John 4:4
First... a few words from our friendly neighborhood commentary (the Bible Knowledge Commentary):
He had to go through Samaria. This was the shortest route from Judea to Galilee but not the only way. The other route was through Perea, east of the Jordan River. In Jesus' day the Jews, because of their hatred for the Samaritans, normally took the eastern route in order to avoid Samaria. But Jesus chose the route through Samaria in order to reach the despised people of that region. As the Savior of the world He seeks out and saves the despised and outcasts (cf. Luke 19:10). "Samaria" in New Testament times was a region in the middle of Palestine, with Judea to the south and Galilee to the north. Samaria was without separate political existence under the Roman governor. The people were racially mixed and their religion resulted from syncretism and schism from Judaism. Its center of worship was Mount Gerizim. Even today in Israel, a small group of Samaritans maintain their traditions.
You see, Jesus had a mission... to seek and to save that which was lost. He had an appointment, set in Heaven, with a woman in Samaria. He certainly had the option of taking the more popular route, the easier route... you know, the route no one will gossip about.
That wasn't Jesus' M.O., though was it? His was a life of selfless giving. And He gave His all right to the end.
The question before us today (and every day after today) is simple:
Am I going to do what The Father asks of me, no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient it is?
What would/did Jesus do?