Sunday 28 December, 2014

John 4:27-42

27 Just then Jesus’ disciples returned. They were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want from her?” No one asked, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 The woman left her water jar and went back to the town. She said to the people, 29 “Come. See a man who told me everything I’ve ever done. Could this be the Christ?” 30 The people came out of the town and made their way toward Jesus. 31 His disciples were saying to him, “Rabbi, eat something!” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33 Then his disciples asked each other, “Did someone bring him food?” 34 Jesus said, “My food is to do what my Father sent me to do. My food is to finish his work. 35 “You say, ‘Four months more, and then it will be harvest time.’ But I tell you, open your eyes! Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest right now. 36 Those who gather the crop are already getting paid. They are already harvesting the crop for eternal life. So those who plant and those who gather can now be glad together. 37 “Here is a true saying. ‘One plants and another gathers.’ 38 I sent you to gather what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work. You have gathered the benefits of their work.” 39 Many of the Samaritans from the town of Sychar believed in Jesus. They believed because of the woman’s witness. She said, “He told me everything I’ve ever done.” 40 Then the Samaritans came to him and tried to get him to stay with them. So he stayed two days. 41 Because of his words, many more people became believers. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said. We have now heard for ourselves. We know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

I love this story of the Samaritan woman’s interaction with Jesus and His interactions with the disciples. It helps me – because they all take a while to get what Jesus is on about. Just like me – I can take a while to catch on to the obvious truth Jesus wants me to live in. The woman after a long chat to Jesus finally “gets” it when Jesus reveals He knows all about her – and He is still talking to her. The disciples are focussed on physical sustenance (food) when Jesus hijacks the conversation to get them thinking about what is really important – seeing lost people saved – something that has just happened with Jesus and the woman at the well. We don’t get any indication of the disciples “catching on” but when the people of the town come crowding in around Jesus because of what the woman has told them – and then after hearing Jesus speak to them – they also believe – I imagine the disciples may have had an “oh I get it” moment.

Lord as I lift up my eyes – help me to see the harvest – the people all around me who are ready to receive you. Help me, like the woman, hold on to the incredible truth that you know all about me and yet you still love me. As Christmas approaches – help me tell my story and Yours’ so my friends can discover the wonder of You for themselves.

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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