God Knows It All

8th December

The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could He be the Messiah? So the people came streaming from the village to see Him.”

John 4:28-30

A few days ago we looked at the most famous passage in the Bible, John 3:16-17. As we mentioned John 3:17, the important continuation of verse 16, really sums up Jesus’ character and God’s intention for mankind. The story of the Samaritan woman and Jesus completely highlights the point that Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world, but to save it.

Jesus, after meeting the woman at the well, confronted the woman about her five previous husbands and her current living situation; living in sin with a man that was not her husband. Yet instead of judging her and condemning her for her sin, Jesus sees the need in heart for love and meets her where she is at. He reaches out an arm of love and breaks cultural barriers to do it. He knew that the woman for thirsty for God. He knew that she was expectant of the Messiah to come, even though she was a Samaritan. But He also knew that she was a broken and needy soul, who needed loving. Jesus did that and because of her testimony, not only was she saved but a whole village.

Friends, Jesus’ reach is not limited. His love will go into the deepest darkest slums to reach out for the lost. He will invade the enemy’s camp to pull us out. There is no place we can go that will escape His loving hands. If you think that you are not worthy or God’s grace then think again. Just read this story and you will know that you are loved no matter who you are, what you have done and where you are! Jesus saves us, heals us, restores us and re-fills us! That is the work of salvation.

A Meeting Where You Are At

7th December

Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because His disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.”

John 4:7-8

The situation so far, in today’s verse, was not ideal. Firstly, Jesus was in Samaria, a no-go place for Jews because of the hostility between the two nations. Secondly, Jesus was alone and talking to a Samaritan woman. Another no no according to Jewish laws and customs; a fact John particularly makes sure he includes in his account of this story. Both actions where extremely un-common for a righteous Jewish person, particularly a Jewish man.

But Jesus broke down all traditional and religious barriers to accept this Samaritan woman and accept her as she was. This highlights an important part of Jesus’ character. It shows us that Jesus was willing to bring shame upon Himself, to be ridiculed and even secluded from society (because He was with ‘un-clean’ people), for the sake of reaching one soul.

This is what we mean when we say for ‘God so loved the world’. God through Jesus, reached into the depths of societies outcasts, the culturally ‘unwanted’, and showered His love upon those who were only treated with hate and malice. Jesus shows us that no-one and no-where is too far out of reach for His love. Today, as you go about your day, challenge yourself to see people as God sees them and ask God to show His love to them where they are at and how they need to receive it: you never know, He might even use you!