We cannot say enough about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The reason why there is hope in the words of the Old and New Testaments and the reason why the promises of God are applicable to us is because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
In the passage today, we see the importance of Peter in the early church. People were coming to Christ by the thousands through his ministry. He heals a paralyzed man on the way to the temple. He stands defiant to the Jewish Council by continuing to proclaim Jesus as the Christ. He rebukes the sin of Ananias and Sapphira. The power of God was so much on him that people believed that even his shadow would heal them.
Jesus meets a Samaritan woman who has come to draw water but they end up in a conversation about worship as well as the woman’s own complicated sexual history. There is a broader narrative from this text that helps us understand why the disciples were so shocked to find Jesus speaking with this woman.