No Prejudice; this was Christ’s example

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John 4

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.

5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”

8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

My love for this passage begins with this narrative. Jesus is up north and faces the ire of the Pharisees for his baptizing.   He decides it is time to leave and go back to Galilee. To do so requires them to walk through Samaria. A normal Jew would have added hours to his trip by bypassing Samaria lest he be contaminated with those half-breeds. Prejudice ran high as Jews believed themselves better than Samaritans. Jesus acted in a manner of love for all people, especially for the Samaritans.

 

Verse 4 tells us that Jesus “needed” to go through Samaria. When most Jews bypassed this unclean place, Jesus needed to go through it. Jesus’ love for people bypassed race and prejudice at every turn. He here made a huge statement to the disciples who would one day take the gospel to the “dogs,” the Gentiles. The disciples would have to overcome their prejudice but Jesus set an example for them.

 

You see, Jesus knew that the woman was coming to the well at noon. He also knew that she had a great spiritual need. He also knew that the whole town needed Him. In the sovereign will and plan of God the people of Samaria were ripe for the Lord Jesus.

 

We must be more like Christ in this matter. We must see all people as people who need the Lord Jesus. We must look past their income levels, backgrounds, criminal records, or any other prejudice causing element and see them as people who need Jesus. This is what Jesus did. We can do no less.

 

Tonight we will gather for our prayer time and Bible study. There will be youth group but there will not be any Kids4Truth. Join us at 7:00.

Saturday morning is our men’s prayer breakfast at 7:30 at Denny’s. Join us for a time of encouragement in the Word and in prayer.

 

Sunday is our church dinner day after the morning service. Remember to bring enough food for your family and a little more. We always enjoy our times together and this week will be no different.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

 

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