I will start this off with a few verses. Debra and I will alternate posting Scripture. I hope to see many comments, references, and life applications and I hope others will be blessed by our study of John, as I have been
1) Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John
2) (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),
3) He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.
4) But He needed to go through Samaria.
We learned in Chapter 3 that there was jealousy among John the Baptist's followers and it got the attention of the Pharisees. IMO, it was not God's plan for Jesus to be a part of a hassle over baptism so He did what He often did when it was not part of God's plan, he left. What an example for me - when a situation is not God's will, I need to leave the situation!
The direct route from Judea to Galilee was through Samaria. Most Jews avoided Samaria because they did not consider the Samaritans to be pure Jews due to intermarriage with foreigners way back when. Jesus did not have that prejudice.
I am so thankful that Jesus does not look at our ancestry and background!