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Jesus Forgives People

Samaritan WomanThe Samaritan woman at the well was identified by the Early Church as "Saint Photini" or "Saint Photine." In his conversation with her Jesus did a remarkable thing considering she was a Samaritan and a woman and considering the customs and religious prohibitions of the time. Samaritans were deeply despised by Jews and considered as "half-castes" and heretics to the Jewish Faith. Jews were prohibited from talking to women especially when alone. Jesus was a Jewish man 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 told 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 forgave other people but not only forgave this woman, he empowered her!

Paralytic Lowered

Paralytic LoweredOn 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 knocked a hole in the roofing materials 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 aroused because Jesus said that he forgave the sins of the young man. The teachers of the law believed that only God could forgive sin and although they were right they didn't realize at this point that Jesus himself was God too. Jesus forgave people even though they may not have believed that he was 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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