Come, see a man

Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him. John 4:27-30

Would we have reacted the same way today as the Samaritan woman did two thousand years ago? Probably not, we would suspect either a trick or a hoax. Maybe this Jesus fellow is trying to con me. After all, He could have just looked me up on the internet. No telling what this guy is up to. There is so much information floating around that we are no longer surprised when a stranger knows intimate details about us. In fact the only people we would likely call would be the police.

In the first century this would have been amazing. Maybe everyone in your town knew all about you but not a stranger. And for a Jew to know this about a Samaritan, it would have been unheard of. In fact a Jew would have cared less about the private life of a Samaritan woman. They would have just assumed it would be bad. So when Jesus stops and talks to her it is no wonder the woman ran into town telling everyone what had just happened.

Jesus knew everything about this woman and when she heard Him she knew that only God could possibly know what Jesus knew. She had no qualms identifying Jesus as the Christ. The Samaritans, descended from the Jews left in the land after the Babylonian exile, also expected the Messiah to come. They knew the promise made to Abraham.

Jesus came first to the Jews but He turned no one away from God’s kingdom. Today, two thousand years later, He still will turn no one away. All He asks if that they believe.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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