Why Jesus Crossed The Road

(Based on the book by Bruce Main, 2010)

 

Part I: Why Jesus Crossed the Road: Love. Grace. Mercy…

Part II: Roadblocks to Road Crossing: Fear. Indifference. Misguided. Theology and Ideas.

Part III: Jesus’ Crossings: The Poor. Race. Spiritual Exclusivity. Enemies. Cultural. Worldview: Romans. Jews. Children…

A.     The Road to Women

1.      Women in that world and culture: A patriarchal world… The ancient world was a man’s world… a sexist world… a women’s worth through a man: Father, husband, child birth especially male children… at home submit, obey, husband was the head, Lord, master… in public not be seen. Not be heard. Pharisees…

2.      Jesus and Women

a.       His genealogy – Matthew 1. v.3 Tamar… v .5 Rahab… Ruth… v.6. Uriah’s wife... v .16. Husband of Mary…born Jesus. The Messiah.

b.      Samaritan woman. John 4:4-26…

c.       Woman caught in adultery… John 8: 2-11…

d.      Women follow Jesus… Luke 8:1-3…

e.       Crucifixion… Luke 23: 27-29… Burial. Luke 23: 55, 56…

f.        Resurrection… Matthew 28: 1-10; Mark 16: 1-7; Luke 24: 1-12; John 20: 1, 2, 10-18…

3.      Creation – Genesis 1: 26, 27

4.      New Creation, Jesus – Galatians 3: 26-29

5.      Reading: John Stott. Only One Way, (Galatians). Pp. 100f

Thirdly, there is no distinction of sex. “There is neither male nor female.” This remarkable assertion of the equality of the sexes was made centuries in advance of the times. Women were nearly always despised in the ancient world, even in Judaism, and not infrequently exploited and ill-treated as well. But here the assertion is made that in Christ male and female are one and equal – and made by Paul, who is ignorantly supposed by many to have been an anti-feminist.

 

A word of caution must be added. This great statement of verse 28 does not mean that racial, social and sexual distinctions are actually obliterated. Christians are not literally “colour-blind”, so that they do not notice whether a person’s skin is black, brown, yellow or white. Nor are they unaware of the cultural and educational background from which people come. Nor do they ignore a person’s sex, treating a woman as if she were a man or a man as if he were a woman. Of course every person belongs to a certain race and nation, has been nurtured in a particular culture, and is either male or female. When we say that Christ has abolished these distinctions, we mean not that they do not exist, but that they do not matter. They are still there, but they no longer create any barriers to fellowship. We recognize each other as equals, brothers and sisters in Christ. By the grace of God we would resist the temptation to despise one another or patronize one another, for we know ourselves to be ‘all one person in Christ Jesus’.