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Jesus Forgives People

Samaritan womanIn his conversation with the woman at the well, who was later identified as "Saint Photini" or "Saint Photine" by the Early Church, Jesus did a remarkable thing considering she was a Samaritan and a woman and the customs and religious prohibitions of the time. Samaritans were despised by Jews and considered "half-castes" and heretics to the Jewish Faith. Jews were also prohibited from talking to a woman especially alone. Jesus was a Jew and yet he spoke to her. Rather than despising her in his questions and answers, he empathized and gently pointed her to the truth. Jesus, both here and on other occasions, showed a warm and forgiving spirit to everyone he met. The woman ended up telling all and sundry how wonderful Jesus was! in John 4.29-30 she tells everyone, "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?" as a result people came out of the town and made their way toward him. Jesus forgives people and not only forgave this woman, he empowered her!

Paralytic Lowered Through

The Paralytic lowered through the roofOn another occasion in Luke 5.18-20 we read, "Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, 'Friend, your sins are forgiven.'" The teachers of the law were watching and their critical response was caused because Jesus forgave the sins of the young man and said so. They believed that only God could forgive sin and although they were right they didn't realize at this point that Jesus was God. Jesus forgives people even though they may not believe that he is God himself in human form. Some of the teachers of the law said to themselves as recorded in Luke 5.21, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

"Samaritan Woman"
by Ron Meacock

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