“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”… John 4:7
As we continue the “Copy That” sermon series looking at Jesus’ unique values this week we look at Jesus’ penchant for crossing boundaries. In the story of the woman at the well, Jesus crosses boundaries of gender, race and religion in his conversation with the woman. Not only was she a woman and a Samaritan, both of which should have precluded Jesus from interacting with her, but she was a woman with a suspect reputation. She had had many husbands, she was alone at the well in the middle of the day. Jesus should have avoided talking to her on these counts alone, less his own reputation be tarnished. But Jesus crosses all those boundaries to share with her the promise of eternal life and the gift of God. We Christians ought to follow Jesus by risking our own reputations for the sake of the gospel. Why do we find that so difficult?