3/12/20

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him. John 4:25-30

The Samaritan woman initiates the discussion of the Messiah to come and Jesus verifies His identity to her. She goes to the town to spread the word as the disciples return, somewhat confused as to what is happening. Jesus had led them to a foreign country and now seems to be sharing their blessing with these “other people”.

There are two lessons for us here. The woman is inspired to go share the Good News with others. She uses a phrase that Jesus has used, inviting people to “come and see”. She had only spoken with Jesus for a few minutes, yet she has become an effective disciple. We don’t need massive theological education or long experience to share our joy in Christ. Telling others about our relationship with Him is the only requirement.

The lesson for the disciples (and us) is that sharing the blessing of Jesus with others will multiply, not diminish, our blessing from Him. Christ’s love for us is immeasurable and it can only grow as we continue on the path He has called us to follow. This passage shows that His love is intended for everyone, everywhere, regardless of their status or culture.

Loving Lord, we are often selfish, even after receiving the gift You offer, unwilling or afraid to share it as You have called us to do. Make us energetic disciples, ready to tell the Good News of Your love to our brothers and sisters. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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