Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman blows away every religious connotation of God’s judgment. He starts out by making an amazing revelation of the change of worship to the heart, to the relationship between God and the people he created. Then, in the only time outiside the Upper Room the night before his arrest and crucifixion, Jesus plainly says, “I am the messiah” to a person who in the world’s eyes is ultimately worthless. What’s that mean? Life is about allowing God to do in you what he wants. Message delivered 12/4/11.
When Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, he smashed through the barriers of culture, gender and consequences of choices. She was alone when she met Jesus, just as we truly meet God in the privacy of our hearts. She first responded sarcastically — defensively — but eventually came to the point of being completely honest. If we are to break through the barriers we allow to keep us from growing deeper, we, too, must come to a moment of truth. Message delivered 9/18/11.
The story of Jesus’ encounter with “The Woman at the Well” related in John 4 is a powerful illustration how God wants us to break free of the barriers we have learned to trust more than Him … our traditions, own ideas, stereotypes, prejudices and cultural beliefs. Message delivered 9/4/11.
For reasons probably stemming from a desire for security and comfort, we become surrounded by cultural, religious, emotional and habitual barriers. But the examples of Jesus with the Samaritan Woman in John 4 and Peter’s visit to the house of Cornelius show God’s radical disinterest in such things. Message delivered 1/17/10.