Many Samaritans Believed
Written by: Harriet Chunu
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"Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?" So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
- John 4:29-30 NLT
Picture this: you went out today to the supermarket to buy the essentials and met a man who told you what you kept in the innermost places of your heart.
Where you fell short and what you said when no one was looking. Yet he spoke to you with a grace and love that no one has ever spoken to you with before.
You are left speechless with the amount of time that has flown by and can’t wait to tell your best friend, mum, and dog. You would tell just about anyone who would listen because this, right here, needed to be shared. That’s exactly what we see in today’s verses from John 4 about the Samaritan woman at the well.
Jesus had left such an impression on this woman, that she went to the very people who only saw her for her sins and who she was on the outside to tell them how amazing Jesus was. She wanted to spread how Jesus loved her no matter the accounts of every wrongdoing she had done. I can’t help but wonder, would I ever do that? Go to the people who mocked me for the majority of my life, to tell them about an amazing encounter I had? Was she so overwhelmed by the love of Jesus Christ, that she forgot about her past hurt and desired to give this very love that she experienced away?
The only thing I can think of that would motivate one to move the way she did, was that Jesus gave her a new story. No longer was she the woman known for multiple husbands, but instead, she became a woman who introduced those who shunned and turned away from her to the Saviour of the World. The Messiah. Instead of being known as the outcast, she became an heir to God’s Kingdom. She was now forgiven. Made whole and was freed.
The Samaritan woman was the first person Jesus revealed himself to as Christ; the Living Water and Bread of Life - John 4:34 indicates a kind of nourishment that “comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.” That very day, she saw Him as all-knowing and all-seeing.
Wouldn’t that make you want to leave what you came with and go and tell the world?
Notice, it was in her sharing that they believed. It was in her encounter with Jesus, a man who reached out to a woman who was looked down by society. Who men were not allowed to converse with. This very encounter that this woman had with Jesus revealed that what we truly need is not water to quench our physical thirst, but water to quench our spiritual thirst.
Because of her testimony, the people from the village came from their houses in crowds to see Jesus and “hear his message and believe” (verse 41). And after spending time with Jesus and receiving their spiritual nourishment, they said “Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the World” (John 4:42).
1. Has God done something for you or shown you something that has made you want to share with everyone?
2. How did that moment with God make you feel?
Father, thank You for showing us that everyone is indeed in need of Your love and Your presence, no matter their race or background. May we be like the woman You met at the well, who will run to tell our story of how You met us at our lowest. May we know that our story has the power to bring people to You, to know the true meaning of forgiveness and fulfillment that comes from knowing You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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