Jesus the savior of the world

John 4:42 – They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

The Gospel of John chapter 4 recorded an interesting event how Jesus reaches out to people.

It was one of the rare incidents where Jesus explicitly acknowledged He is the Messiah

 

Messiah means Savior

 

John 4:25-26 – The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

What made the event even more interesting was that it all happened in an environment shrouded in racism discrimination.

There were “social norms” forbidding that conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well.

 

Jews had no dealings with Samaritans

 

John 4:9 – 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.)

Jesus broke with social norm in reaching out to the Samaritan woman

The same Samaritan woman having received her blessing from Jesus reaches out to her community

 

Good news multiply fast

 

All her neighbors and friends came to hear Jesus!

Fast forward to Acts 10, it was this same Jesus who instructed Peter to reach out to non-Jews

By Acts 11.26 … Paul and Barnabas were reaching out to an international community

 

Jesus is the Messiah the Savior of the world

 

Some people in Asia think Jesus is a westerner religion…but such idea is misleading

Jesus himself rebuked the Jews for not praying for the nations and reaching out to their neighbors

 

Jesus is international!

 

Humanity was created by God

What nationality was Adam?

What race were Adam and Eve?

When God address people, His main concern is, if you have faith hope and trust in Him

God relates to people through faith hope and trust

Regardless of color and nationalities, God is calling all of us to receive His salvation plan through Jesus

 

Last week we’ve been hit by typhoon in Osaka

Typhoon don’t choose nationalities or color

Everyone on this land was affected

And in times of difficulties we ask for help

Who do pray to?

Who do we place our faith and trust?

 

In this time of writing, a huge typhoon is heading for Hong Kong, and a hurricane is heading to Carolinas (U.S)

Natural disaster can bring loss of material things

We may even loss friends and family members, but Jesus came to give us the gift of eternal life

Yes there is life after death and if we choose Jesus we receive eternal life

 

John 11:25 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live

 

In Jesus we trust

In-His-Service

David Z

 

Jesus shows compassion in practical ways

Matthew 12:7 – And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Jesus made that remark against the Pharisees’ hypocritical religious code in condemning hungry souls who need to eat.

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Matthew 12:1-8

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.

But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.”

He (Jesus) said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?

Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?

I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

The Pharisees’ complaint about “not lawful” had to do with religious code created and added themselves but not according to the will of God.

 

The purpose of Sabbath was to give us time for rest.

 

God created us and He knows best what we need.

God gave the commandment to observe the day of Sabbath for us to learn to take care of our body.

We need to rest so we don’t overwork.

We need to eat when hungry, unless we choose to fast.

Therefore Jesus defended His disciples.

Matthew 12:7 – And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

They were guiltless.

They had no food delivery services like we have today.

No convenient stores, no food court available.

Hungry and thirsty they took only what was needed to satisfy their hunger

Jesus knows how to take cares of us and watch out for us for good

 

Psalm 146:6

The Lord, who executes justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry.

He sets the prisoners free; opens the eyes of the blind.

 

We learn to trust Jesus and abide in His promises

 

In-His-Service

David Z