“Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” (John 4:27).
In John 4:27-42, the Apostle John provides five proofs supporting his overall theme (John 20:30-31) that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. The first one is found in vs. 27. It is the proof that Jesus was in complete control of His immediate circumstances. He did not allow circumstances to control Him.
Nothing took Jesus by surprise. No one caught Him unawares. Instead, He looked beyond the social prejudices of His day and ministered the truth of the Gospel.
Contrast this attitude with the one held by the disciples. They were surprised. Shocked! They were continually astonished and surprised by Jesus’ behavior. He was talking with a woman. A Samaritan woman!
Dr. Don Carson explains, “As a result of the disciples’ return from their errand to buy food, the woman departed to the town (vs. 28). John comments on the disciples’ surprise that Jesus was talking with a woman, which reflects the general Jewish prejudice (vs. 27). Jewish rabbis were not permitted to speak to women in the street and considered any conversation with women to be a hindrance to the study of the Torah. The reluctance of the disciples to ask questions show how embarrassed they were over Jesus’ actions.”
Yet Jesus was not embarrassed. He was not uncomfortable sharing the Gospel to one who was in so desperate a need of the “living water” which only He could supply.
This evidence of Jesus’ Messianic identity by His sovereignty over the circumstances of life which He encountered would be further revealed in His death on the cross. In John 10:17-18 Jesus says, “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
We may not be in control of our lives, but Jesus is. We can rest in this comforting truth.
Soli deo Gloria!