I want to conclude by bringing out four implications, the first two relating to how we see ourselves and see others, and the final two relating to how we live as missionaries.
First, Jesus comes to us, but as a Samaritan. We have already seen how this form breaks our tie with our own people. Our savior comes to us but not as one of us; he comes to us from outside, as an alien. We have to follow him, but he is not the image of our people. In fact, he’s closer to the counter-image, the opposite, of everything we pride ourselves in being. Jesus shows us that our salvation is not tied to the destiny of our people. We need not make our people “the right” kind of people; nor do we need to assure others that we are indeed the right kind of people. Our people--our folk, good people like us--will rightly leave us on the side of the road. They are not our future. Our hope does not rest in our people, in the strength or goodness or purity of our people. It rests only in the miraculous help that comes to us, Jesus. But Jesus comes to us as someone like Tanveer, someone we think our people must exclude. And if he comes to save us in this form, then salvation means that Jesus comes and breaks our connection to our own people. Jesus comes to us, but as a Samaritan.