YAHSHUA had to make this important trip as a divine appointment sealed in heaven between Him and His Father. The cultural differences were not part of His life, neither did it constitute a closed door for Him to reach out to the lost in Samaria, a field He said was ready for the harvest. He came to this place to start the spiritual harvesting, which was “about the sixth hour.” That was the time when the disciples had gone out to buy food. YAHSHUA did not include the disciples in His conversation with the Samaritan woman, for He well knew where they stood in that situation. That was a time for Him to dialogue with the woman alone away from tradition, hatred and the pointing of fingers. That specific sixth hour of the day was significant in His calendar of future events.
When the disciples returned, they were surprised to find YAHSHUA talking to a married woman (John 4:27a). Not only was she married, but she was a Samaritan! But YAHSHUA came to break down barriers of hatred and embrace Samaritan sinners, for whom He had come to save. The sun was way high in the sky when He arrived in a town called Sychar, the place where there was a very famous well dug by Jacob. YAHSHUA, tired from the trip, sat down to rest by the well. It was about the sixth hour. Seemly, the hottest time of the day, after a long journey, He thirsted. Not long after, there came a woman to draw water from the well. Nothing here is happening by coincidence. A Samaritan woman, whose life style was not hidden from the Lord, challenged Him, when He asked her for a drink. Honest in her rights, she said, “You being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman for a drink?” (John 4:9a) YAHSHUA, after expressing his physical thirst, He introduced Himself as the living Water giver, with the purpose to bring salvation to a people empty of truth, and worshippers of idols. Ready to receive this living water, she asked, Where do You get Your living water? That sixth hour was transpiring another sixth hour in the near future in the life of YAHSHUA. It was the sixth hour period of His crucifixion, which was on the third hour after His crucifixion. On the sixth hour of that day a phenomenon was going to happen: darkness was going to cover the Land and the earth until the ninth hour while YAHSHUA hanged on the cross, a price He offered to pay for the entire world’s, including that Samaritan woman’s sins. The entire world was going to experience its own darkness physically, while the Savior was going to suffer its spiritual consequences, while saving men from eternal death.
At that time, He would thirst- the thirst men would feel eternally in hell without His sacrifice for them. The Samaritan woman, without realizing it, desired the living Water He was offering to satisfy her spiritual thirst. As the Lord YAHSHUA was offering eternal water to her she responded, Sir, give me this water, so that I may never get thirsty nor have to come here to draw (John 4:15). On that sixth hour of that day salvation was coming to a people considered as “dogs;” people with no value in the eyes of men; people who lived in the darkness of their ignorance, for YAHSHUA revealed Himself to the Samaritan woman as the Messiah, who went and told everyone she knew and brought them to YAHSHUA. The darkness of that sixth hour was dissipated for the Samaritan people, as when in a near future, after the world would experience three hours of darkness in YAHSHUA’S death, saving the world and leading many to truth, as we see in the lives of the centurion and his men. The Samaritans came to YAHSHUA and all believed and accepted Him as the Messiah. Desiring to know more about Him and the living Water He was offering, they asked Him to remain with them a little while longer. He did stay two more days and many more believed in His message. The disciples, I suppose either had to join Him, or wait for Him on the other side.
YAHSHUA came to unite men to God and to themselves through His death on the cross. No more Jews and Gentiles, or Samaritans, we are all one in Him when He shed His precious blood to bring us to unity. Crucified at the third hour of Passover day, according to the Jewish way of dividing the hours, which was nine o’clock in the morning; three hours later- from the sixth to the ninth hour, which is twelve noon- three in the afternoon darkness enveloped the earth and then He died. He hung on the cross for six hours total, while the world He was dying for ridiculed and mocked Him. If they had understood the significance of the three hours of darkness after His crucifixion, they would have believed and accepted Him, as in the case of the Roman centurion and his men. YAHSHUA broke the Jewish ties of traditions when He was determined to visit Samaria. He was never part of that tradition in that He was first of all God. And as God, He would not support enmity between Jews and Samaritans. As He said, I came for the sick, the sinners to bring healing to them. The Samaritan people were that kind of people and they realized their need for the Savior in that sixth hour when YAHSHUA had arrived in Samaria.
He came to love and give life to men; not to enforce hatred among the people. He is the essence of love and love compels Him to act in love toward mankind. He said, For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him (John 3:17). As His own people rejected Him, the Samaritans embraced His message and believed Him to be their Messiah. The sixth hour of that day when YAHSHUA came to Samaria, things changed for them and no longer they were considered as “dogs” or half breeds, but sons and daughters of the Living God, being born of the Spirit and water – a true born again birth! YAHSHUA gave them spiritual meaning, a meaning one can only receive from Him.
How do we fair with people of low class as in poverty and color of skin? Remember, we are all in the same boat before God, as He sees us wretched and in need of His forgiveness and regeneration. Only in His Son can we be beautiful and accepted by the Father. Share the message of love and embrace those of low class as our Savior did. They too need the “sixth” hour to have their darkness dissipated and be free.