Re: Is Jesus Prejudice?
Jeffinator, how can you possibly ever think that Jesus was prejudiced? He actually set the best example for us to NOT be prejudiced! Read again (I know you've read it before. I'm thinking you just forgot what happened in that chapter.) but read and look at what he did in John chapter 4!!
3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.
4 And he must needs go through Samaria.
5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
9Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Read down through verse #43, but pay special attention to verses 39-43. Look what happened!
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
40So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
41 And many more believed because of his own word;
42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.
He stayed two extra days with the people the Jews would have NOTHING to do with!
Does that not PROVE, without a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus was showing us that we are to deal with those who normally are shunned? Even STAY among them, if invited? It didn't bother him at all. In fact, he stayed 2 extra days, and the fact is...do you know he did not even have to go through Samaria to get where he was headed?
Jesus went OUT OF HIS WAY to meet that woman of Samaria, knowing the Jewish people had no dealings with Samaritans! He just saw the need to go there, even though it was well our of his way! And he went, and ended up spending time with them!
Jesus did not have a prejudiced bone in his body.
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)