In our Diakonos Community Gathering this Thursday night we’ll be continuing the first segment of the Journey to Jesus process developed by Robert E Webber. This week we’ll be looking at Jesus’ encounter with two different people in John chapters 3 and 4.
As I prepare for this discussion, I can’t help but notice how these two people stood on opposite ends of the social spectrum of their day. One was an elder member of the religious in-crowd of his day, yet he saw in Jesus something that he never found in all his years of religious quest. The other was a women with a checkered history and part of a culture that had been marginalized. She found herself constantly thirsting for something to fill her deeper longing.
Two people from opposite sides of the tacks. Each had his/her own set of obstacles to overcome if they were to find life in Christ. Yet Jesus met them at their own level and shared life with them in a way that each could understand.
I like this about Jesus. He cared for people no matter what their background. He met them where they were at. It’s a trait I hope is growing in my life.