Jesus Crossed The Race Barrier – June 13, 2016
John 4:7, When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give Me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9The 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 do not associate with Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” 11“Sir,” the woman said, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can You get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17“I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe Me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 25The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.” 26Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am He.”
Titus 2:11, For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.
Right now at Cottonwood Creek, I am in the middle of a series titled, “Faces of Grace!” There is one thing I know for sure, and that is we all need grace. There is not a single man or woman who does not need grace. It does not matter if you are young, old, single,or married, grace is necessary.
In John 4, Jesus spoke with the woman at the well, but this was not just any woman. She was divorced five times and was currently living with another man. She had been through five broken marriages, and she was also a social outcast. She was at the well by herself, which means that not only had five men rejected and divorced her, but the other women in the community considered her an outcast and refused to accompany her to draw water from the well.
The woman at the well was a ‘Face of Grace.’ She needed grace, and Jesus gave it to her. In order to offer this woman grace, Jesus had to cross several barriers. He had to cross a race barrier. She was a Samaritan and Jesus was a Jew. Jews hated the Samaritans and considered them unclean and low class, but that didn’t stop Jesus from talking with her. Scripture says in Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God offers salvation to all people.” We must follow Christ’s example of extending God’s love to those who need it, and that would be every one of us. We do not need to try and determine who is worthy of God’s grace 100% of mankind can be changed by God’s grace, Christ’s sacrifice , and unconditional love and forgiveness.
So today, be a ‘Face of Grace’ to all people.
Think about it…and have a grace-filled day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D