Tuesday, April 21, 2009

John, chapter 4 part 1

There are people in this world that would disapprove of the marriage I have. My wife and I are both intelligent, college-educated people. We both love sports. We both love traveling, specifically to Miami. We both are hard workers and have a relationship that is on solid footing with Christ at the center. Why would people not approve of our marriage? Some would look down on us because ours is technically an inter-racial marriage. I am about as white as one can be, and she is Hispanic. Her parents are from Colombia, and move here before she was born. Never mind that we are still human beings. Simply because there is a very minor difference that neither of us even gives a thought to, some would say our marriage is unholy. Do you not see the ridiculousness in this?

I reference this because in the first part of John we have a similar situation. Jesus is sitting by a well in Galilee and begins a conversation with a Samaritan woman. As they start this conversation, this is what first comes out of the woman’s mouth:

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.) – John 4:9

This is proof enough to refute all those who believe Jesus came just for them. At the time, it was a major taboo for Jesus to even be near this woman, let alone speak to her. Did He care? No! Though Jesus gives a great message of Salvation to this woman, who was a grave sinner in that society because of her adultery, it is a message that relates to all of us. Jesus did not die for just those who follow a certain thing, or have a certain skin color. He died for EVERYONE. This is not a difficult concept to understand, but it amazing to me that there are many groups that fail to see this simple point.

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