She was a Samaritan and had exclusive access to this well, which was thought to have belonged to Jacob. This is how groups often act, as if they have exclusive access to something no one else does:
“Sir,” the woman said, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where are you going to get this life-giving water? Our ancestor Jacob dug this well for us, and his family and animals got water from it. Are you greater than Jacob?” (John 4:11-12)
She had no idea that she was speaking to the Creator of Jacob, the one with whom Jacob had wrestled. But none of this mattered to Jesus. It was plain foolishness. He transcends such trivial matters as traditions and history. What God offers us is greater than anything that man has to offer. His power is greater than any barriers we can erect:
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
There are those lost in sin today who cry out the anthem of freedom. They champion their right to do what they want, no matter the offense against God. Homosexuality is only the latest in a long list of things that we have set our heart on that flies in the face of the love of our Holy God. But getting into these groups is hard, when they have become like family and are strengthened in what they consider to be exclusive to them. It is their sin and no one has the right to come against it.
What Jesus has to offer goes beyond any limited freedom we have in this place. God is not limited by our small vision or understanding. He is not limited by sexual orientation. He is not dragged down to our level. Marriage is only an invention for earth. When we are called home we will be lifted beyond these shadows to stand in the true reality of God. God is not limited by the barriers of exclusivity; he transcends them all. He reaches into all these groups and offers hope, joy, peace, and reconciliation; not by him bowing to our will, but us recognizing that his is the only truth, the only way.
This is not about sexual orientation but about what is and is not acceptable and holy in God`s eyes. It doesn`t matter what the rest of us think; it is God who defines the holy and the common. Our insistence to be exclusive does not create a barrier for our God. He is greater than all of it and he has decided to love. However, his forgiveness and grace remains for those who are willing to let the barriers fall and repent of their sins. Those who remain behind the barriers are lost. It is to the lost, those behind the barriers, to whom we have been sent.
Let`s see those walls fall my brothers and sisters as we fight for, not against, those lost in the darkness of this world.