Days of courage.

Days of courage.

John 4:1-4 “Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now he had to go through Samaria.”

The territories located in the Palestinian National Authority are mostly the region of Samaria in Jesus’ day.

The tensions and disputes don’t seem to have changed for 2,000 years.

The Samaritans and the Jews did all they could to avoid travelling through each other’s domain.

To get to Galilee it would take the Jew nearly 6 days travel having to cross the Jordan River twice.

The alternative was to take the dangerous 3 day trip through Samaria.

Jesus had to go through Samaria.

John doesn’t say why. There is no indication of an appointment. However what is true is that Jesus came to bring reconciliation between mankind, whether Jew or Samaritan.

Some days are dangerous days.

Some days are tough. You have to have that conversation that you don’t want to have. You have to go where others wouldn’t necessarily go. You have to be brave and selfless. But you do it because your Father has sent you.

 

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