Today's verses are John 4:40-42: "So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days.  And many more believed because of his word.  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.'" My child, I came to earth to die for the sins of all people.  Everyone everywhere is within the scope of my love.

The Jews hated the Samaritans.  I love the Samaritans.  I began with sharing my love to one single woman.  She then told her entire village about me.  The entire village came to me to listen to me.  They then asked me to stay with them so they could hear more.  I did for two days.  When you think how few my days were on this earth in public ministry, this is indeed a long time.  But it was worth it.  These were children created in the image of my Father.  They too are the objects of his mercy and grace.

Now many in the village believed in me, not because of the woman's testimony about me.  Now they heard my word personally.  Now they knew me personally.  They heard me proclaim that I was the Savior of the world.  They knew why I had come to earth.  They knew my earthly mission.  And they believed in me.

My disciples here received a glimpse of their post-resurrection mission.  This community-wide harvest among the Samaritans set the stage for my followers' mission assignment after my ascension into heaven.  I told them to be my witnesses, first in Jerusalem and Judea, then in Samaria, then to the Gentiles throughout all the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).  That is what they did.  They were my witnesses first in Jerusalem and Judea (Acts 1-7)  Then in Samaria (Acts 8-12).  Then throughout the world (Acts 13-28).

They now knew that the Samaritans were not despised but loved by me.  They now knew they would respond to the Gospel.  They had seen in with this Samaritan woman and her entire village.  They knew my love was extended to all and would be received by all!

How about you?  Do you know of my extraordinary grace and mercy for you?  Do you know that you are not despised by me?  Do you know you're not guilty any more in my eyes?  Do you know you are not filthy any more in my eyes?  Do you know that I am your personal Savior, saving you from your sins, saving you to eternal life?  Have you received this free gift?  Do you know of my boundless love?

I came to this earth not only for despised Samaritans but for people like you.  Receive my love.  Invite me to dwell in your life forever.  Realize that nothing, absolutely nothing, can ever separate you from my eternal love.  You are forgiven.  My grace is sufficient for you, no matter what you may face today.  In your weakness, I am strong.  You can do anything in this world, through me, who gives you the strength.

You can trust me today.