Encounters With Jesus
The Syrophoenician Woman
In this startling conversation, Jesus and His disciples were traveling along a foreign road when a local woman began calling out to them. The disciples urged Jesus to send her away. And at first glance, Jesus' reply to this woman appears harsh and insensitive. But what if we took a closer look at what Jesus said? Perhaps Jesus’ reply is more gentle than we realize. (Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30)
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus had extraordinary encounters with ordinary people. These were regular, every-day people who were forever changed by colliding with the living presence of Christ. And it still happens today. For when our hearts genuinely experience the grace and love of a living Jesus, we face a choice – to resist Him or to surrender. Which will we choose?