Pastor Bernard Penn
Jesus “had to” go through Samaria. The Jews always went around Samaria. Going through Samaria wasn’t a geographical “had to” because everyone went around Samaria. Jews didn’t like the Samaritans so they avoided them at all costs, even to the point of inconveniencing themselves with a long, roundabout trip when a straight path through Samaria made more sense.
It was more than mere convenience for Jesus to take the easy route: he “had to” go through Samaria because there was a great need—impacting someone’s life for good.