What We Learn From Samaria

Let’s imagine you are talking with someone about Jesus. The person says, “Ok, what is Jesus like? Give me one word to describe Jesus.”
Our reply may well be “love.”
Jesus is about love.
I John 4:7 says, “Let us love one another for love is from God. Whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
So, God is love.
We see an example of he love of God in John 4. The Bible says that Jesus “had to pass through Samaria.” Samaria was the shortest route from Judea to Galilee but it wasn’t the only way. The other route was through Perea east of the Jordan River. In Jesus’ day, the Jews, because of their hatred for the Samaritans normally took the Eastern route to avoid Samaria. But Jesus went THROUGH Samaria in order to minister to the Samaritans. Jesus did this to teach His disciples a lesson; He loves everyone.. even the despised Samaritans.
The Samaritans could represent lots of people today.
They could represent the drug addict. This morning, there is someone who at some point in their lives, they got hooked on drugs and they continue to battle it. The addiction has beaten them up… but regardless what we have faced Jesus loves us.
The Samaritans could represent the teen-ager who has gotten pregnant. I’m not advocating teen-pregnancy but, it does happen. And when it does, that teenager should be able to go to the Lord’s church and find grace.
The Samaritan could represent the person who has made a mistake and maybe it was a public mistake. When this kind of things happens, we have a tendency at times, to back away from this person. We may not want to be associated with them. But loves them and we should demonstrate that love.
Years ago, Woody Hayes was Head Coach of the Ohio State University Buckeyes. His team was playing Clemson in a bowl game. A Clemson player intercepted a pass and went out-of-bounds on the Buckeye’s sideline. Hayes, in anger, punched the player in the throat. That was his last game a Ohio State.
But a few weeks, or months after that, there was some type of banquet involving sports figures. Tom Landry, then Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys went with Hayes to he banquet. No one or very few at least, wanted to be seen with Woody Hayes at that time… but Tom Landry displayed the love of Jesus and stood with him.
God is love. Jesus is love. Christians should be filled with love. Today, while you are singing hymns of praise to Jesus, ask yourself if you are loving like Jesus.

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