Testify Series: Day 6

John 4:4-42

Jesus and the disciples took a detour through Samaria on the way came to village of Sychar near field that Jacob gave his Joseph. 

Map from @elizabethwadestudio

Jacob’s well was there and Jesus was tired and weary at noontime. How comforting is it to know that Jesus identifies with our weary souls?

He asked Samaritan woman for a drink and He was alone because the disciples had gone to buy some food. 

At that time in history, the Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans a they were considered the to be non-Israelites and and not fit for this religious work. Yet He asked her for a drink and offered her living water. 

She asked him he is better than Jacob, as known as Israel.  

He explains those who drink the “water” Jesus gives will never be thirsty again as the “water” he gives becomes a fresh bubbling spring giving eternal life. 

She wants the water. 

He sees her, her faults, sarcasm, and all. 

She acknowledges him as a prophet, but He reminds her salvation comes from Jews. 

True worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth and God is Spirit. She’s looking for Messiah, Christ and wants Him to explain. So, He tells her “I am.”

At that point she believes, goes and tells, testifying to the truth.

Looking just at the surface unable to see the into the realm of the Spirit, the disciples return confused, wondering why He’s talking with a Samaritan woman.

Jesus is satisfied. Leading people back to God is more satisfying than physical food. His heart was full!

“Wake up, look around, the fields are already ripe!”

The Samaritian woman reacted the way those of us who are redeemed by Jesus should and led people to the Lord through her testimony.

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” (John 4:39) Seeking the Messiah, Jesus offered her forgivingness and she couldn’t keep that good news to her self.

That’s a message that will preach, permanent redemption from a sin problem that we could never fix, earn, or cure. 

Born sinners, redemption is offered to us. The world seeks to build us up and tear us down, yet Jesus redeems us and builds our lives upon a strong foundation taking our mistakes and making us into a masterpiece, if we will only trust Him.

He stayed two days in Samaria preaching the good news. Many more heard the message and believed. 

God give us eyes to see opportunity to testify to what you’ve done in our lives. You see us, you know us, you saved us!

May the Lord bless you, keep you and make His face shine upon you,

Emily

See you back here tomorrow for Day 7.