Have you ever been on the inside of a joke? Only those “in the know” get it. How about being on the outside? What does that look like? If you do youth ministry and visit the local high schools you end up discovering a lot of outsiders that have their own language, their own expressions, their own slang.
John 4:7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
Take a moment and read John 4:1-26
Here is a story about someone who is an outsider. There are loads of reasons she is an outsider. 1. she is a woman (not the right gender) 2. she is samaritan (not the right race or religion) 3. she hasn’t lived the most “holy” life (she is not well behaved).
Jesus heart is for ALL people. He came to save those who were excluded. Those who were the outsiders, the down and out.
You could say we all were outsiders. God, He is the ultimate insider. and. yet. He gives up everything becomes one of us. Crosses the barriers of race, class, gender religion. And rescues. All in the name of Love.
The one who is the water of life. Cries out “I thirst.” So that we need thirst no more.
Our God is the God who saves.
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