A careful presentation of her need

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John 4:20–26

20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

 

As we read verse 26 we hear Jesus confess to the woman just who he is.  Have you wondered why this wasn’t His lead in line?  James Bond never hid his identity.  Other famous crime stoppers kept their identity hidden.  Why did Jesus reveal Himself to this woman and why at this moment?

 

Let me suggest a few thoughts.  First of all, the woman wasn’t ready to accept this Man as the Messiah, much less as her Messiah.  She was filled with her sin and her guilt.  Jesus’ first words were asking her for water.  He then turned it around telling her that she should ask Him for water.  While filled with her sin this woman did not realize how great her spiritual need was.  Jesus took time to counsel this woman by bringing her from her apparent need, earthly water, to her greatest need, spiritual water and fulfillment.

 

By carefully opening up her needs to her attention Jesus was able to show her that He was the only answer that she needed.  He reminded her of her sin thus reminding her of her guilt before God.  She immediately went to a religious question which again Jesus turned around to teach her of true worship.  When she came around to admitting that there was a Messiah coming then Jesus was ready to reveal His true identity to her.

 

What must that moment have done to this woman?  This Man to whom she had shown some disrespect and had danced around His questions was Him?  Imagine her knees buckling while her heart soared.  As she ran back to the city, she left her water bottle.  It was no longer important.  She had met the Messiah, the Savior, her Savior.  He had invited her to drink His satisfying water.

 

As we deal with people about their eternal souls let us be as careful as Christ was.  Let us draw them into meaningful conversation without cutting them off by dumping too much information on them.  Let us bring them to understand who Jesus is and that He alone is able to save them from their sin.  May God give us rejoicing moments with men and women who realizing who Jesus is will confess Him as their Savior and Lord.

 

Pray today for the daycare.  Our social worker is doing her job to make the license transition to the buyers.  She is ordering fire inspection and health department inspections today.  We have very recently passed both of those but the new license requires a new inspection.  Pray that we will be put on the top of the inspectors’ list.  Pray for Connie as she still has to balance the payroll with the bills and the reduced income of the center.  Pray for any opportunities the Lord still has for us to show His light to the people whose children we are caring for.

 

I hope to see you tonight for our prayer time and Bible study. 

 

Having mentioned our Glee Club concerts before, I have a link for this Sunday’s concert flyer.  It is going to be a great concert with a lot of musical variety.  As I mentioned Sunday, Pastor Bill is going to be honored as a hero of peace.  Our song, Instrument of Peace, is being dedicated to his lifetime pastoral ministry.  The concert is at Pfeiffer hall on North Central campus.  Steven is directing all of the Glee Club music and has done a great job preparing the men for the concert.  (Yes, I am a bit proud of him.)  Call or email or text me for tickets.

 

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

 

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