Jesus always found the underdog...
One whose head was bowed in shame.
Some would wonder why He mingled...
But they were the reason why He came.
The wine bibbers and tax collectors
Were known as low lifes in His day...
But He sought them out for fellowship
And He touched them in some way.
He broke the norm when He engaged
With the woman at the well.
Because an upstanding Jew would never
Ever want to sit a spell
In the company of Samaritans...
And especially not her kind.
She was known as a loose woman...
One the good girls left behind.
But she ran to tell her village
About One who didn't put her down.
His kindness made a change in her
And she evangelized her town.
The women in that slot in time
Were not equal to the men.
But Jesus saw them differently
And became their dearest friend.
The harlots and the protitutes...
Girls who sought dishonest gain...
Only had to talk with Him
And they would never be the same.
There was one caught in adultery
Whom the religious crowd would stone...
But Jesus came to her rescue
And the hypocrites moved on.
All the scorned and all the ridiculed...
All society frowned on...
Were shown love and shown respect
Though their faults were clearly known.
Jesus didn't hang with sinners
So He could join them in their sin...
Instead He taught them that The Father
Looked at people from within.
The accusations of the Pharisees
Were spewed in jealously...
But Jesus only spread God's love,
His Grace and His mercy.
So we shouldn't point out splinters
In the eye of any brother...
We may not know their story
And should pray for one another.
For it well could be we fail to see
That our eyes hold a log.
I was a mess until Jesus blessed
And redeemed this underdog.
June 15, 2018
~~Dedicated to Erlene~~
4 Now he had to go through Samaria.5 So he came to a town
in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given
to his son Joseph.6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he
was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”8 (His disciples had gone into the townto buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a
Samaritanwoman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do
not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her,“If you knew the gift of God and who it is
that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have
given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well
is deep. Where can you get this living water?12 Are you greater than our
father Jacob, who gave us the welland drank from it himself, as did also
his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered,“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.Indeed, the water
I give them will become in them a spring of waterwelling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get
thirstyand have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her,“Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her,“You are right when you say you have no husband.18 The fact is,
you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.
What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.20 Our ancestors
worshiped on this mountain,but you Jews claim that the place
where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,”Jesus replied,“believe me, a time is comingwhen you will
worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.22 You Samaritans
worship what you do not know;we worship what we do know, for salvation
is from the Jews.23 Yet a time is coming and has now comewhen the true
worshipers will worship the Father in the Spiritand in truth, for they are the kind
of worshipers the Father seeks.24 God is spirit,and his worshipers must
worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ)“is coming. When he
comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared,“I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
27 Just then his disciples returnedand were surprised to find him talking
with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to
the people,29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.Could this
be the Messiah?”30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi,eat something.”
32 But he said to them,“I have food to eatthat you know nothing about.”
33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
34 “My food,”said Jesus,“is to do the willof him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you,
open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.36 Even now the one who reaps
draws a wage and harvestsa crop for eternal life,so that the sower and the reaper
may be glad together.37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work
, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
39 Many of the Samaritans from that townbelieved in him because of the
woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”40 So when the
Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed
two days.41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said;
now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really
is the Savior of the world.
8 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early
the next morning he was back again at the Temple.
A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught
them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious
law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been
caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the
crowd. 4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in
the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her.
What do you say?” 6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they
could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in
the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer,
so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one
who has never sinned throw the first stone!
” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by
one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was
left in the middle of the crowd with the woman
. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman,
“Where are your accusers?
Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” 11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”