Jesus’ Answer to Racism—John 8:48

“The Jews answered Jesus, ‘Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?’” (John 8:48).

Jesus told the religious leaders who wanted to kill Him that their spiritual father was not Abraham or God but the devil, because the devil is a liar and a murderer, and they acted like the devil. Then, they attacked Jesus using a racial slur when they called Him a Samaritan. They hated Samaritans too. Amazingly, Jesus did not defend himself against the false charge that He was a Samaritan. Though the Bible does not tell us directly why Jesus did not defend himself against a racist insult, the Bible tells us enough about Jesus and His character to believe Jesus did not defend himself because Jesus saw nothing wrong with being a Samaritan (or a member of any other race, for He created all races and loves all races); therefore, He ignored the accusation. Jesus was not racially prejudiced against anyone. Jesus came to show the Father’s love and save the world, people of all races. For examples, He visited with a Samaritan woman at a well and led her and a Samaritan town to believe in Him as the Savior of the world (see John 4). He also told a parable that involved a good Samaritan who loved his neighbor as the LORD commanded and helped a stranger who had been left for dead (see Luke 10:25-37). Because Jesus was not racially prejudiced against anyone, He did not take the charge that He was a Samaritan as an insult. The Bible teaches that every person is “fearfully and wonderfully made” and God’s works are wonderful (Psalms 139:14). Jesus commanded: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

Included with each week’s commentary on the Gospel of John is a short 300 word weekly Bible Lesson (the Bible Lesson above), and in light of all that is currently taking place in the United States today, I thought I would post it early on the International Bible Study Forum. Your comments are welcomed and may help others as we seek to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who need to hear and receive Him and His message. If you would like to read the Bible commentary on John 8:48-59, (which will be published in the evening on May 31), go to the International Bible Study Commentary.

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Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and All His people,
L.G.