Jesus sat with a Samaritan woman (John 4) talking about life and eternity. For all the interesting aspects of the conversation, my favorite detail is this one:
“Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, ‘What do you want?’ or ‘Why are you talking with her?’”
In a highly conservative culture, Jewish men would not be seen alone with a woman who was not their wife. People would talk; assumptions would be made.
Jesus sat eye-to-eye with a woman, on a flat, 180˙ plane, which was not the normal angle. Men looked 45˙ down to women. This was the Creator of the universe parenting all the boys of the world. If you want to be a good man, this is what it looks like. Eye-to-eye.
I love not only that he did it, but that the disciples had already given up trying to change him. They were surprised but surrendered. He’s just going to do it this way. We’ll probably just have to do it this way too. Eventually maybe all men will sit eye-to-eye with women.