The Samaritans were despised among the Jews along with the tax collectors and
prostitutes. The Jewish religious authorities made certain that these would be
excluded from all fellowship and even eternal life. But when Jesus appeared on
the scene, He revealed Godís true heart for all mankind. He was not ashamed to
violate man-made hostile traditions.
He touched lepers, even though they were considered unclean.
He talked to the Samaritan woman, which was considered illegal.
He passed through Samaria, even though everyone else went around.
He made companions of tax collectors and sinners, even though they were hated
Jesus, by the look in His eye and the tone of His voice, gave every man and
woman hope. Those who had been looked down upon previously, when they heard the
words of Jesus, were suddenly transformed and knew that they had been accepted
by God. The attitude of Jesus toward sinners and the forgiveness that He offered
was a treasure that could only be found by those who had truly realized that
they were in desperate need of salvation.
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