My favorite quote of the day:
Jesus, who was a Jew, has chosen to minister to a Samaritan woman with a ugly reputation. The tension between Jews and Samaritans at that time would be close to some Fundamentalist Muslims and Christians today. What's even crazier is that Jesus was known as a sinless religious figure and this harlot of a woman had been married over-and-over again and was now living with her boyfriend. Jesus comes and treats her has a friend and even brings up her sinful lifestyle...but here's the kicker, as Mark Driscoll describes:
"And Jesus revealed her sin, putting his finger on the dirtiest and most scarred portion of her soul, which smelled like death, hell and sin. He cleaned it, healed it, forgave it, and replaced it with grace and the Holy Spirit, as only he can." (Mark Driscoll, The Radical Reformission, page 38)
This is how Jesus treats sinners . . . extravagant love and grace!!! As such, there's hope for people like me.
For the entire context, read John 4 in your Bible or online here: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john%204&version=31