John 4: 25-30
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
The Disciples Rejoin Jesus
27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
This familiar story of Jesus is reaching out to the most unlikely people. For the whole story, we can read beginning at verse 4. Here, Jesus is speaking with a woman alone, a Samaritan, an adulteress! Imagine how shocked his disciples were. They had never seen the likes, or heard the likes, but then Jesus wasn’t like anyone they had ever known. He liked people so unlike himself. Either he sought them out or they sought him out. He spoke with an authority they had never experienced.
As Pastor Andy Stanley would say, “He was irresistible!” There was newness about him and his interpretation of Jewish Scripture was so unique, so new. His interpretation of ritual and tradition was compelling. Most irresistible was his love, his love for all people. Jesus loved Samaritans, tax collectors, Gentiles, fishermen, lepers, etc. They had never seen love like Jesus love.
Jesus loved like no one else and commands us to do likewise. John 15:12: “...love one another as I have loved you….”. We are called to love like we have been loved, to love those like us and unlike us, people of all races, religions, status, creed, party, nationality. The list has no end. Are we living like Jesus? Are we serving like Jesus, seeking the lost and being an example of Jesus Love?
Our challenge today is to be an example of Jesus Love, regardless of who crosses our path.
Having been loved by you, Holy God, may we love as we have been loved. May I lay down my life as Jesus did and may I love all people like Jesus. Help me spread Jesus Love wherever I find myself today. Amen
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