CAST Voices Devotion: The Jesus that Transforms
By Charmaine Moses
7 March 2017
The life of Jesus is an amazing model of God’s transformational character. Jesus’ presence affected change wherever he went. Transformation has a ripple effect. Atmosphere changes, environments change, structures change, mindsets change, people change, and thereby communities are transformed. In the story of the Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus, we see a life impacted and changed in order to also impact the lives of others.
1. Jesus Transforms the Region (John 4:4-6)
Verse 4 tells us that Jesus had to go through Samaria. Jews regarded the Samaritans as the worst of the human race (John 8:48) and had no dealings with them (John 4:9). In spite of the hatred between the Jews and the Samaritans, Jesus broke down the barriers between them, preaching the gospel of peace to the Samaritans (John 4:6-26). Jesus’ journey to Samaria is a mission to bring restoration in places of hostility and injustice. Especially where there is segregation and separation, Jesus’ mandate is to bring reconciliation. Jesus’ radical approach was to bridge the gap of regional tension by going into a ‘no go’ area. Jesus deals with territorial structures that keep people separated and he crosses the invisible boundary of segregation between the ‘Have and have-nots’, areas of division between the rich and poor. Even the saved and unsaved. As followers of Christ, we are called to restoration and transformation by bridging the great chasms that exist in our society.
1) How can we take back our community/territory for God?
2) What are some tangible ways to bridge the gap of racial segregation?