28 Feb Sermon Snap Shot February 24, 2019
It cannot be emphasized enough just how odd this encounter was, how much of an outcast this woman would have been to a Jewish Rabbi. And what made her so untouchable…what made her such an outcast?
She had been married five times and was living with yet another man – possibly another future husband.
She was a Samaritan, a half-breed of sorts in the eyes of the Jews. Samaritans were considered dangerous, unclean, second-class citizens.
But maybe most significantly, she was a woman – with little rights, virtually no status and fully dependent on the men in her life for support and protection.
And yet, Jesus sees her. He speaks to her. He treats her like a human being. He treats her with dignity and worth. And in so doing, God’s grace through Jesus begins to work within her…to (re)claim her as a child of God, to convict her of her need for the eternal water that Jesus was offering, to cleanse her of her past and to commission her to share God’s love and light with others.
Remarkably, she becomes the first hero of John’s Gospel. She becomes the first evangelist in the Jesus movement. She becomes the first “apostle” – one sent out with a mission.
From Sunday, February 24 message from John 4 entitled, “G.R.A.C.E.: God’s Grace Commissions Us”
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC
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