The reason the disciples are suprised is not because of Jesus' character, but because the norms of the society at the time meant that this particular interaction was unusual. The woman herself is surprised in the same way, and explains why:
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews ...
Jesus' brothers criticize him for being secretive
John 7:3 Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. 4 "No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My ...
Jesus taught in the Beatitudes:
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)
Paul said this:
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his
light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of
God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
The crowds were filled of the impure in ...
Why did Jesus appear to conceal his identity?
Jesus had to remain incognito in order to accomplish his mission. The Pharisees were already plotting to kill him, but Jesus knew that the time was not yet right to reveal who He was. Jesus had an appointment with the cross and no man, no religious leader, could thwart God’s plans.
When Jesus told the Jews, “I ...
Jesus did tell the Jews in the most certain terms exactly who He is. Keep in mind that Jesus came and preached primarily to the Jews, who had the Scriptures and who, unless already hardened by unbelief, had everything that they needed to recognize His identity as Christ, Messiah, Son of God, and Heir of all things.
Jesus said to them, “If God were your ...
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Rather than attempting to wow you with a list of my own, I will simply suggest three inescapable principles behind Jesus's modus operandi regarding his identity.
Jesus was guided in each of his waking hours by his Father. What ...