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Unconditional love. Itís the deepest longing of our hearts, because each of us harbors deep inside the fear that if others really knew us, that they would want nothing to do with us. In todayís conversation with Jesus, a woman with a past meets up with Jesus and finds that here is someone who loves her even though he knows her deepest darkest secrets.

Transition: In spite of all of the flaws in her, Jesus offers what counselors call unconditional positive regard. Jesus loves her

In spite of Her Pedigree

v. 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

The Jews of Jesusí day considered the Samaritans something almost subhuman. You see during the period of the exile the jews of Samaria had intermarried with the gentiles that the Assyrians had resettled there, because of this the people were "mixed race" and the Jews who had kept themselves "pure" throughout the exile had nothing but disdain for the "half-breed" Samaritans.

When traveling from Jerusalem to Galilee they would cross the Jordan river to avoid passing through Samaritan territory. It was said that to eat with a Samaritan was like eating swineís flesh.

So when Jesus spoke to this Samaritan woman, she was taken aback--why would a Jew speak with a Samaritan? She was supposed to be inferior. But Jesus doesnít seem to have any interest in her heritage. In spite of her Pedigree...

Jesus Offered Her a Possibility

v. 10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

Jesus had room for people like her, he wasnít concerned with what the world said about her status. He was concerned about here as a precious soul--as precious as the souls of the Pharisees who took such pleasure in considering themselves superior.

You know Jesus still has room for the outcasts of society--and for the outcasts of religion. It doesnít matter if you grew up in a church going home or in the home of an alcoholic or both, it doesnít matter if youíve dabbled in the occult or Wicca or even if youíve never been to church before this morning. Jesus offers you a possibility, He offers "living water" a drink that satisfies not just the body but the soul and fulfills our deepest needs.

In spite of your Pedigree He offers a possibility. Next we see that Jesus cared for the woman at the well...

In Spite of Her Past

vv. 16-18 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back." "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."

Here were all the secrets of her life--known by