Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”
There is a major obstacle to others coming to faith in Christ: me. It is not that I am a horrible person, there are much worse than me and much better than me out there — I am just folk. It is not that I am a terrible Christian as there are both far better examples of what a Christian ought to be and far worse examples.
The problem is not actually what I am at all, but that I am at all. We, as people, get stuck on the messenger and neglect the message. We focus on the disciple — for good or ill — and ignore the Master.
In the case of the people of Samaria, the woman from the well came and told them what Jesus had done — He had told her the truth about herself — and they, knowing that truth for themselves, went out to meet the Man Who could know the truth of this woman without knowing her personally. She had been married and divorced or widowed (it is a little unclear which) five times and was living with a different guy entirely when she met Jesus. Her testimony was enough to get people out to meet Jesus. After they met Him and talked with Him and listened to Him, they concluded that It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.
They made the transition from messenger to message.
This morning, I distinctly heard from God through the teaching on the radio while I was commuting. God orchestrated the whole thing so I heard exactly the part that He wanted me to hear. How do I know? Because the message spoke to me and where I am in my life and walk. The disciple through whom the word came could be amazing or terrible, I have no desire to know. I know this much: the Master spoke through him to me.
While I should not neglect to check for consistency between messenger and message, I should be certain I do not get hung up on the messenger to the exclusion of hearing the message at all. Testimony is good. The Word of God is better.