The Miracle of “Had To”
by Sanctified Brother
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.
“Had tos” are created because of the desire for something greater. God does radical things just so that we would be able to receive blessings. He creates opportunities for himself to deliver something for us.
The first reason Jesus creates “had tos” is to reveal who He is to us. Both Jesus and the Samaritan woman came to the well during an unfortunate time: the hot afternoon (everyone else came in the morning or evening when it was cool outside). Jesus was weary and sat on the well. His boys were gone, so he was alone. She was alone. It was the perfect opportunity to get her attention and change her life.
He didn’t have to do anything for you, but He “had to” do something for you so He could show you that He is God. He created “had tos” so you can give Him praise.
The second reason is to remind us how much we need Him. He told her to go call her husband and come back. She acknowledged that she’d been sleeping around and then acknowledged that He was “special,” someone who knew all about her. Sometimes we need that unplanned meeting with God so He can remind us how much we need Him.
The third reason is so that we can have a testimony. She left her pot (so Jesus would know she’d be right back?) and called everyone she knew, telling them there was a man who could tell her about herself. She was searching for acceptance and completion and ran into Jesus. She thought it would be a regular day and it turned out to be a day like no other.
When God takes over and comes through it’s only the beginning. It’s so that something greater can be accomplished.
Read this: John 4:1-29