Meeting Jesus Personally

7th February

But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in Him.

John 12:37

Today’s key verse, is almost like a red traffic light or a huge wall in the middle of the road. You have to stop. You can’t go around it. It has got our attention because it has just sent a shocking right hook of truth our way. We are K.O’d. Did I really just read that? Is it a grammatical error? Did people still not believe in Jesus, despite His many miraculous signs? Could this be true? Yet the truth is there in black and white: “despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in Him.” Yet should we be so shocked? We are surrounded by a world full of miracles, yet people still don’t believe today.

The truth is that some people can witness the most amazing miracle, yet if their hearts are hardened and their eyes blinded, they will miss the truth. When we pray for our unbelieving friends and families, perhaps our prayers should be that the Holy Spirit open their hearts and eyes to see Jesus and to see the wondrous miracles around us that lead us to Him. Furthermore, that they would encounter Jesus for themselves.

We too are challenged to daily put our trust in Jesus, not just because of the miracles He does, but because of who He is! May be too encounter Jesus for ourselves.

The Whole Village Believed

9th December

Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see Him, they begged Him to stay in their village. So He did for two more days. . . . . They they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard Him ourselves.””

John 4:39-42

Yesterday we learnt of Jesus’ encounter with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well and how Jesus loves reaches us too, even in the deepest darkest places in our lives. We learnt how Jesus the Samaritan woman where she was at in her life and ministered His love and grace to her. We learned how He spoke a prophetic word to the woman revealing her sinful lifestyle, yet He did so in a loving and kind way, not in a condemning and judgemental way. So great was this word from Jesus, that the woman ran back to the village with great joy, telling her fellow villagers about Jesus.

We then pick up the story again in verse 39. Amazingly, because of the prophetic words of Jesus to the woman, many believed. Even more amazing, was that Samaritan people where begging Jesus to stay in Samaria to continue to teach and share His message with them. So great were Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman, that not only did it radically change her life but the lives of so many others.

One of the key passages in this whole story is found in verse 42, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard Him ourselves. Now we know He is indeed the Saviour of the world.” How incredible; that Jesus’ few words to the Samaritan woman had such a big impact. Furthermore, Jesus’ own words to them, revealed His true identity as the Saviour of the world.

The power of a testimony and the power of a prophetic word can only lead people to Jesus. It is when they meet Him and hear Him for themselves, that their lives are completely changed. The Samaritan’s woman’s words only led the people to Jesus. It was Jesus’ own words, that radically changed their lives, ‘because we have heard Him ourselves‘. When we too encounter Jesus’ love for ourselves, we become a beacon of His grace and His love. It is then our privilege is to lead other people to Christ and let the Holy Spirit fully reveal the character and person of Jesus to them personally.