A Savior For All People
One of the most amazing things about Christ our Savior is that as great as he is, he is the king of kings after all, none of us are insignificant. He came to save every last one of us, even the smallest child is big in his world ! Let us begin with the words of
2 Peter 3:9
“ The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and minds.”
In this verse it says quite plainly that Christ is here for all men. None of us are so unimportant as to not warrant his attention or care. But as we say in this world talk is cheap so let’s look at three examples that illustrate and prove what we are studying today.
Jesus came to Earth not to Lord over us, but to serve us. In his earthly ministry he was assisted by men we know as apostles. These were men who worked under him. He was the boss, the big one ! Yet Jesus was not beneath washing their feet ! We see this recorded in,
Jesus knew the Father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God, and was returning to God. So he got up from the table and took off his robes. Picking up a linen towel he tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing.
Jesus washed their feet as a visible, active display of his love for each of the disciples. But this event also shows the extent to which Christ sees himself as the servant even of the least among us. Many of you may have led or managed others. Can you imagine yourself washing their feet ?
You hear a lot in recent years about HIV and AIDS. Some people have very judgmental attitudes toward people unfortunate enough to come down with these afflictions. Our society in many ways treats them like second or third class citizens. In biblical times there was no HIV or Aids. But there was leprosy. Leprosy was such a horrific and contagious disease that those suffering from it were herded into special camps. One wonders how Jesus would treat such outcasts ? We find one of many examples in,
“On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men with skin diseases approached him. Keeping their distance from him, they raised their voices and said, “ Jesus master show us mercy!” When Jesus saw them, he said “go show yourselves to the priests.” As they left they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he had been healed returned and praised God with a loud voice. He fell at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus replied, “Weren’t ten cleansed ? Where are the other nine ? No one returned to praise God except this foreigner ?” then Jesus get up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
Oh no ! A Samaritan ? If anybody was more of an outcast than a leper back in biblical times it certainly was Samaritans. Not to Christ ! This man was a leper and a Samaritan. To most of the then known world this man was worth less than dirt. But Jesus the Son of God thought him worth his time. Jesus the King of Kings cared enough to heal him ! But this was not our Lord’s only encounter with Samaritans. As our final example let’s look at the famous story of Jesus and the Samritan woman at the well. We find this at,
“ Jesus had to go through Samaria. He came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, which was near the land Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus was tired from his journey, so he sat down at the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus said to her “ Give me some water to drink.” His disciples had gone into the city to buy him some food. The Samaritan woman asked “ Why do you, a Jewish man ask for something to drink from me, a Samaritan woman ?” Jesus responded “ If you recognized God’s gift and who is saying to you “give me some water to drink,” you would be asking him and he would give you living water.”
Christ went on to have quite a conversation with the woman at the well, and spent some time doing it.
To completely understand what we are seeing here in terms of our lesson today, you must understand the culture of that time and place. For a Jew and a Samaritan to even speak to each other was unheard of. “It just isn’t done” people would say. Women even in today’s world still struggle at times for full equality with men. It was a thousand times worse in that day. Yet someone who was both a woman and a Samaritan was worth Jesus’ time !
So no matter how small or unimportant you think you are, you are wrong ! You are important to God and his son. They are there for you, and will be there for you just as Christ was there for the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Jesus didn’t come as a savior only for the kings and the powerful. He came as a savior, companion, and comforter to everyone, literally to each of us !