Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Thursday, March 24, 2022
The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”
So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him.
Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
John 4:25-30, 39-42
These verses are my favorite part of this story... (here is where I relate to the story of The Samaritan Woman)...
After all the back and forth conversation, and what seems to be a lot of going in circles, Jesus declares His identity to our girl at the well.
In the Greek, here is how His statement reads:
"I am - who speaks to you."
It's an interesting twist.
Everywhere else in John-the-Evangelist's gospel, the "I am" is followed by a description of self-identification...
I am....the bread of life.
I am...the good shepherd.
I am...the light of the world.
I am...the door.
I am...the resurrection and the life.
But here, Jesus uses no predicate of self-identification...and, this dear woman understands immediately, when He says "I AM," that He is revealing His divine identity.
There is no question in her mind that Jesus is using the sacred name of Yahweh, which was uttered to Moses on Mount Sinai.
...And she responds accordingly...with great excitement.
With her water jar left sitting on the ground by the well, unencumbered, she runs to town.
I am very aware that many commentators have made much over her leaving her jar...
# representation, perhaps, of her old identity gone and her new identity come (2 Corinthians 5:17)...
# representation of the subtle change from law to grace...
# representation of her shame and entrapment exchanged to forgiveness and freedom...
But...in spite of my want-to to spin this action allegorically, I resist.
I just don't know...and, the script isn't clear.
But, this I can say, and I quote John Morris,
"She abandoned the bringing of water for the bringing of men."
The Samaritan Woman knew she'd met the Messiah of the World.
Her encounter was immediately life-changing.
Meeting Jesus is always TRANSFORMATIONAL!
Her enthusiasm knew no bounds.
This is always true when we have a DIVINE ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS!
Our precious woman-at-the-well wanted everyone to know and experience the Savior, and so she offered the invitation,
But, lest the town's folk think her crazy she added this: "He told me everything I've ever done!"
And, again, lest she come across as ridiculous, she throws out a possibility that will pique their curiosity, "Could He be the Christ?"
She had no idea who would follow...but go with her they did...
Her invitation was simple:
"Here's what happened to me. You can experience Him, as well..."
She didn't beg. She didn't insist. She didn't plead.
She simply extended the invitation.
And, many believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and were saved that day...
This is where my story runs parallel to the Woman at the Well.
I had an unbelievable encounter with Jesus Christ, when I was 17.
My life was drastically transformed in one heartbeat.
In my enthusiasm, I wanted everyone else to experience the Savior of the World.
My attempts at invitation seemed fanatical and a bit crazy to many.
But, new life in Christ can not be hushed.
It isn't my job to look back and see who is heeding the call to "Come, see..."
It's just my job to invite.
This is the most important part of the story of the Samaritan Woman...
When Jesus changes hearts, He also opens mouths, to declare His name and His gospel grace!
Our stories matter because God is most glorified in them!!!
Warren Wiersbe says this in his commentary on the Gospel of John:
"When you consider how little spiritual truth this woman knew, her zeal and witness put us to shame. But God used her simple testimony, and many of the people came out to the well to meet Jesus. The rabbis said, “It is better that the words of the law be burned than be delivered to a woman!” But Jesus did not agree with that narrow prejudice."
So..................there's more grace to be found at the Well...
Living Water never runs out - it's still available to all who will "come, see!"
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Last week, I skimmed the surface of the story of the woman Jesus met at the well in Sychar, Samaria, oh-so-many-years-ago...
These were the immediate lesson she'd want us to hear:
No matter how troubled we are, Jesus hears our cries...and, when the time is right He responds. He arranges a divine appointment with us; and, at the well of our discontent, Jesus shows up... His offer is always to replace that which will never satisfy us with Living Water...
Secondly, no matter how much shame we carry on our shoulders, He wants to remove it. He'll take those heavy jars that weigh us down, and remove them, if we're willing to let them go.
Just like we do at times, the woman at the well lived in the "if only's"...
If only I were....
If only I had...
If only I could...
If only I hadn't...
If only___________________ (you fill in the blank).
She thought the "if only's" would equate to happiness, contentment, hope and joy...
What she needed would NEVER BE FOUND in the "if only;" what she needed was the ONE AND ONLY!
Jesus knew what our girl needed....
So, Jesus went to Samaria.
He'll enter your Samaria, too...
Here's the text from John 4 (verses 13-26) for today:
“Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.
“I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.
Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”
Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus told her, “I AM the Messiah!”
There was no question, the woman Jesus met at Jacob's Well understood "religion."
She had all the right answers when it came to this part of the discussion with Jesus.
Oh, how Jesus longed for her to see that it wasn't religion she needed, but RELATIONSHIP.
In fact, He still longs for us to see the same...
But, first, our gal needed to be down-right-honest with herself, and honest with the One who could change her "old self" with a "new."
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Where do you go to find your satisfaction?
How are you attempting to fill the empty holes in your heart to make up for your discontent?
"Thirst" always symbolically represents a lack...a need...an unfulfilled desire... What's yours?
And, where's your well?
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
While Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.