Jesus’ words

The Jews and Samaritans didn’t like each other.

The animosity was historical. The Assyrians took about 27,000 people captive from the Northern Kingdom of Israel. There were many Israelites left in the land and they intermarried with colonists placed there by the Assyrians. Those people identified themselves as “Samaritans.”

After the Persian King Cyrus allowed a fraction of Judah to leave Babylon, the Samaritans opposed the rebuilding of the Temple. Samaritans also opposed Nehemiah’s construction of the walls around Jerusalem.

Conflict continued under John Hyrcanus, the Jewish governor and high priest who destroyed the Samaritan temple and killed hundreds of Samaritans.

When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, there was a terrible hostility between these people who were distantly related. Jesus asked for a drink of water from the woman, who sarcastically asked him, “how can you— a Jew— ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water to drink?” (John 4:9b NET).

But an interesting thing happened after Jesus spoke to this woman. She was so enthralled by what the Lord said she left her water vessel at the well and ran to get her neighbors to come and see Jesus.

Jesus’ words reconcile people. He can speak to a person and remove all the hate and animosity from their hearts. The woman, who had been so rude just a few minutes before ran to find her friends. She told them this man could be the Christ.

Jesus can take your heart and mend it, too. All you must do is open your heart to the truth of God’s word, hear it and obey what it says. That’s all.

Your life can change for the better in such a short time if you will only obey the gospel Jesus preached. Why not do that soon?

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 43 years and a preacher for 34 years. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee.

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