John 4:35-41

John 4:35-41 has Jesus schooling the disciples on the harvest.  He has just told them that the harvest is plentiful and they shouldn’t just sit back and wait.  “These Samaritan fields are ripe. It’s harvest time! The Harvester isn’t waiting. He’s taking his pay, gathering in this grain that’s ripe for eternal life. Now the Sower is arm in arm with the Harvester, triumphant”.  Jesus used the idea of food and harvest to communicate spiritual ideas. The idea of harvest meant that there were many people ready to enter the Kingdom of God, and that the disciples should see themselves as workers or reapers in that harvest.

Spurgeon wrote ‘Expect a present blessing; believe that you will have it; go to work to get it, and do not be satisfied unless you do have it’.  Jesus challenges the disciples to get after it.  “That’s the truth of the saying, This one sows, that one harvests. I sent you to harvest a field you never worked. Without lifting a finger, you have walked in on a field worked long and hard by others”.  This is a huge principle around evangelism.  It is rare that someone takes a non-believer from their place of non-belief, to become a Christ Follower.  Most of the time bringing someone to Christ requires time and the investment of many along the journey.  Jesus is teaching the disciples that although they hadn’t done anything to bring the Samaritan people to the place of being ready for harvest, they were in a place to be able to do that following the hard work of others.

The villagers had come to see Jesus.  “Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness: He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out! They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days”.  The Samaritan woman testified that Jesus knew all about her and those who knew her believed.  At that moment they did not know enough to trust Jesus and His work on the cross; but they could most certainly believe in Him as the Messiah of God. They did believe because of the word of the woman who testified.  Our most powerful witness is to share the impact of Jesus in our life, just as the Samaritan woman did.

They ask Him to stay, and Jesus obliges. This was remarkable in light of the opinions of most of the Jewish people of Jesus’ day regarding the Samaritans.  They were second class citizens and not worthy of a Jew interacting with them.  And because He stayed, the impact continued to grow.  “A lot more people entrusted their lives to him when they heard what he had to say”. The remarkable testimony of the woman at the well-connected these Samaritans from her village to Jesus; but in hearing Jesus teach themselves, they came to a deeper personal faith in Jesus as both Messiah (Christ) and the Savior of the world.  If we bring people to Jesus, He does the rest!

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