Friday, September 12, 2014

John 4:10-26

Psalm 19:1-3 tells us “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.” In every square inch of the ever-expanding universe the truth of God is carried along by the creation of God. Nothing is apart from teaching His truth. All that exists bears witness to God’s divine wisdom and truth.
It was this ability to see the Truth of God borne out in every object that made Jesus the best communicator and teacher that has ever walked on Earth. Whether it was a stack of cooked fish, or vibrant flowers blowing and bending in a field, or a fresh bag of kernels, or cool water from a well on a hot and dry day, everything around Jesus became a tool from which he could teach the truth of God. Furthermore, His flawless understanding led Him into some of the most masterful conversations.
Through Providence on this hot day, He had arrived at Jacob’s well. Upon arriving, a woman of Samaria came to the well to draw water from it. Instead of responding with the typical animus and sinful bigotry that most Jewish Rabbis would have extended, Jesus shattered the barriers of racial division by holding an engaging conversation with the Samaritan woman.
For centuries, people had come to this well to retrieve the life-giving water that was found there. Although they filled their pails to the brim and carried them home, consistently they would be forced to return to retrieve more water when the pail was empty. Week after week, month after month, year after year, they returned and refilled their pail and hauled it off. Sadly, while water from the well sustained life in this scorching, wilderness town, it could not bring eternal life.
With the power of God resting in Jesus, the story of this well changed forever. Teaching with clarity and hope, Jesus explained to the Samaritan woman that she must do what everyone else needed to do, turn in faith to Him. One of the greatest statements that He had revealed to anyone up to this point, he revealed to this Samaritan woman in the middle of nowhere. When she told Him that she was waiting for the Messiah to come, He responded, “I that speak unto thee am he.” In essence He told her that the Savior of world had come and had chosen to come meet her. First a private meeting with a leader of the Jews and then a private meeting with an outcast of the outcasts, Jesus had come to bring the message of salvation to all people.
Jacob’s well had become a place where racial reconciliation had produced one of the most glorious conversations in the history of the world. The Messiah had come, and He had declared Himself to this woman. The news would spread, and the well that for so long only gave water, would now be known as the place where the Messiah gave life eternal.

Food for thought: Give two indications that the woman could have had that Jesus was divine based upon their conversation.