Reflections: It’s tragic how many times I’ve heard someone say, “God could never accept someone like me”. Some people assume that they are beyond God’s forgiveness, either because of their background or their history of sin. And yet, nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus offers his gift of eternal life to the least likely person: culturally rejected as a woman, ethnically rejected as a Samaritan and religiously rejected as an adulteress. And yet, Jesus offers her living water which will satisfy her every need. He offers her eternal life, new birth, a second chance, a fresh start. And he anticipates a day where every tribe—Jew, Samaritan and Gentile—will join together in world-wide worship. Whatever your tribe or story, Jesus is offering you new life—if only you believe in his name (Jn 1:12).
Question: What reasons might you have for thinking yourself beyond the grace of God? Think of one person with whom you might share this good news this week.
Prayer: Gracious God, ‘the vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives’. Thank you that your Son came to give eternal life to all who trust in him, whatever our tribe or story. May we respond to your forgiveness with faith and your grace with worship, all for the glory of your Son. Amen.