Who do you associate with? Who do you avoid? When we are around others that are not like us, there can be an uncomfortable feeling. Their culture may be different, their lives certainly are. They will say things that we do not understand, and even in what we do manage to comprehend, there will be nuances that will completely escape us, usually leading to misunderstandings.
When Jesus stopped in a Samaritan village, he would have made all his disciples very nervous. Samaritans and Jews had been divided for centuries, and it was not uncommon for there to be hostility when they met. When Jesus passed through Samaria he did the unthinkable. He conversed with a Samaritan, thus risking ritual impurity and scorn from his fellow Jews. He also did something no strict Rabbi would dare to do in public without loss to his reputation. He greeted a woman and spoke openly with her. Not only was she a woman, but a notorious adulteress. No decent Jew would even think of being seen with such a woman, let alone exchanging a word with her!
But Jesus took the time to speak with her and break through the barriers of nationality and orthodox Jewish custom. He showed the universality of the gospel. No one is barred from the love of God and the good news of salvation. There is only one thing that can keep us from God and his redeeming love — our stubborn pride and willful rebellion. The life which the Holy Spirit produces in us makes us a new creation in Jesus Christ. Do you thirst for God and for the life of the Holy Spirit within you?
A royal official comes to Jesus to ask him to save his son’s life, and is sent away with the reassurance that his son will live. Now, I don’t know about you, but if I went to fetch a doctor to care for one of my children who lay dying, would I be content with the doctor’s assurances that everything was going to be fine and not to worry? Heck no, I’d probably drag the doc home in a headlock to make the point about the severity of the situation to save the life of one of my kids! Oh you are SO going to make this house-call, buddy.
But this royal official was not talking to a merely physical healer, he was talking to a miracle worker that he had heard of, the Son of Man who could turn water to wine and heal the lame and the blind. Even so, once Jesus told him that his son would live, he had the faith to believe without questioning that his son would recover. God’s mercy shows his generous love – a love that bends down in response to our misery and wretchedness. Is there any area in your life where you need healing, pardon, change, and restoration? If you seek the Lord with trust and expectant faith, he will not disappoint you. He will meet you more than half way and give you what you need. The Lord Jesus never refused anyone who put their trust in him. Surrender your doubts and fears, your pride and guilt at his feet, and trust in his saving word and healing love.Read Day 3 Devotion by Cristy