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Jesus is…

A Jew

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SCRIPTURE READING:
John 4:1-9

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John — although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The 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.)

SIGNIFICANCE:
The LORD JESUS CHRIST was a citizen of Israel, Who chose to associate with “outcasts” that His fellow Jewish citizens would not associate with.

Dear Father, I am very blessed that even though Jesus was definitely Jew by birth and religious tradition (and was even a Jewish rabbi), in the encounter with the Samaritan woman He did what He typically did when there was a clash between culture/tradition and caring for people—He demonstrated Your great love. I honor Jesus that His position as a Jew was not diminished by reaching out to the Samaritan woman, but that He was wonderfully giving her all of Himself, as Lord of the Jews and Lord of all. I thank You that in Jesus, the Jew above all Jews, Your very Son, there is no prejudice, favoritism or conditional love. I rejoice that, as with the Samaritan woman, Jesus always reaches out to engage us in knowing Him and receiving the fullness of life in Him. I pray that I and all believers will be deeply grateful that the Jew reached out to us in love we could not possibly deserve. I ask that You will place all unsaved people in situations where He will reveal His life-transforming love to them. In His name I pray these things. Amen.

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