PURE RELIGION

September 25, 2019

James 1:27 tells us that pure religion is to visit the orphans and widows in their affliction. The list could have included many other Christian deeds. We are told in the Bible that it was at Antioch that the early followers of Christ were first called Christians (meaning Christ-like).

The ministry of Christ was to go wherever the need was to alleviate suffering.

In the King James Version of the Bible we are told in John 4:4 that Jesus must needs go to Samaria. The Jews usually avoided going to Samaria during the time of Christ because they despised the Samaritans. But Jesus knew that there was a great need there.

Matt. 9:12 and Mk. 2:17 quote Jesus: “The well don’t need a physician. It’s the sick who need a physician.” Jesus was known as the great physician. He can heal any kind of problem.

Jesus knew there would be a woman at Jacob’s well in Samaria who had a problem. She needed the healer. Jesus talked to her alone there after he sent the disciples into town to get some food.

Jesus told the woman to go get her husband. She told him she had no husband. Jesus said, “I know. You’ve had five husbands and the one you are with now is not your husband.”

Jesus knew all about the woman. And she knew that he did. She said to him, “Sir, I believe that you are a prophet, the Messiah.” Jesus admitted to her that she was right. This was Christ’s first recorded admission that he was the Messiah. And that admission was to a woman of very loose morals, a harlot.

Can you imagine this woman’s suffering? Her pain? Jesus did. James’ list of people to visit in their affliction could have included harlots.

Sandra and I were discussing this scripture and she said to me, “You know, people judge sinner’s like this woman. But Jesus didn’t. He didn’t even mention she was a harlot because she already knew.”

The same can be said about the woman caught in the very act of  adultery in John 8. Jesus told that woman, “I don’t condemn you, but go, and sin no more.”

I am sure you know many people who have needs. All kind of needs. You can’t visit them all. And we as humans can’t alleviate all needs. But we can help with some. If you can’t go see someone with a need, call them, write them or at least pray for them.

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley