Jesus “Had To Go Through Samaria”

Jesus came to earth to die for the sins of people. He died for the sins of ALL people. And that included the Samaritans. Why is that a big deal? Let me explain.
The Jews considered the Samaritans to be the scum of the earth. To understand why, we have to go back seven hundred years. In 722 B.C., Assyria conquered the northern kingdom of Israel and took most of its people into captivity. The Assyrians then brought in Gentiles to resettle the land. They brought in their pagan gods and intermarriages took place. So, these people were half-breeds and despised by the Jews.
Ok, now let’s go to John 4. The Bible says that Jesus “had to go through Samaria.” Why did He HAVE to go through Samaria? Because Jesus wanted to prove that He loved ALL people and that included the despised Samaritans.
So, Jesus went to the village of Sychar, where Jacob’s well was. Soon, a Samaritan woman came along and Jesus began talking with her.
When Jesus spoke to her, the woman was surprised. She said, “… Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans..” Then, she added, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”
So, Jesus intentionally goes to Samaria and engages in a conversation with this woman. He did this to prove to His disciples that He loved all people.
Today, it doesn’t matter what our background is, Jesus loves us. And, Jesus wants us to love others… even those we may have a hard time with.
Do you have a checkered past?
You made some mistakes you think are unforgivable? You are wrong. Jesus will forgive us.. .but we have to ask He loves all people. He came for all people.

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