JESUS, THE BUILDER
John 4:9 "Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans."
Our verse of focus examines the issue of generational segregation. There is gender segregation; racial division; wealth seclusion and even family rejection in our world. These areas, just to mention a few, have undeniably created huge 'walls' among us. The verse highlights two of the areas, that of gender and race. The woman's response to Jesus was, "How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria?" The woman being acutely aware of the prominent societal gender and racial issues, was startled to be approached by a man. Additionally, she was a Samaritan and He was a Jew.
She did not outrightly refuse to honour Jesus' request for a drink, but she was curious about His interaction with her. John 3:16 reminds that us that 'God so loved the world that we gave His only begotten Son.....'
Jesus, who is our Creator, did not create a segregated people. Segregation is a satanic originated and implemented plan. Regardless of who we are, we belong to Jesus and He loves us equally with an everlasting, unmatched love.
Consequently, when we interact with others, we must demonstrate God's love. We must show that we care. In His encounter with the woman at the well, Jesus displayed His reason for coming to this sin-cursed world, which is to 'build bridges' where there are 'walls'; to plant justice where prejudice has grown; and to set up harmony where alienation has developed.
In essence, Jesus makes the difference. He is the builder of the better life. May we cling to Him and be spiritually enriched.