Not only does Jesus engage the most unlikely person in an exchange about his status as Messiah, he does so in the context of a standard betrothal scene familiar to the Jews who remember Jacob and Rachel in Genesis 24.  The message, mercy is extended to everyone, Jesus is the bridegroom who wants the bride to enter into an unconditional love covenant with him.  Like Hosea and Gomer, Jesus will pursue us and save us, no one is too bad for God.

21Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.  23But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.  24God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  25The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (John4:21-26, NASB)

Sermon by Greg Chaney