4:23b-29

In John 4:23b-29 Jesus continues His discussion with the woman at the well.  Jesus has just defined what it means like to truly worship God.  It has to be done in spirit and in truth.  But He takes it further.  “That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration”.  We have to come to God openly and honestly.  We need to come to God in truth, not pretending or merely trying to display how spiritual we can be.

The Samaritan woman at the well responds honestly that she has no idea what Jesus is talking about.  “The woman said, I don’t know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story”.  She’s waiting for the Messiah.  Jesus gave her the shock of her life.  “I am he, said Jesus. You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further”.  Can you imagine her amazement when Jesus said that.  She has been waiting and watching for Messiah, and now, Jesus tells her He is the One she’s been waiting for, and He’s standing right there in front of her.

Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked. They couldn’t believe he was talking with that kind of a woman. No one said what they were all thinking, but their faces showed it”. The disciples come to where Jesus is at the well with the Samaritan woman, and are amazed.  They don’t say anything but are clearly surprised and confused.  Why would He be speaking to her?  It just wasn’t culturally acceptable. Their silence was due to reverence. They had already learned that He had reasons for His actions which might not be obvious at first glance.  So they show their amazement on their faces, but don’t say a word to Jesus or the woman.

She wasn’t lost on how they felt however.  She could see it by their reaction, so she takes off with her water back to town.  “The woman took the hint and left. In her confusion she left her water pot. Back in the village she told the people, Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah”?  But she wasn’t quiet about what she had experienced.  She tells those in her village about Jesus and the way He had told her truths in her life He couldn’t know on His own.  She asks the big question – is He the Messiah?  That’s a question all of us should seek to know the answer to.

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