Jesus in Samaria – Part Two

. . . .My food, Jesus said, is to do the will of him, who sent me, and to complete his work” (John 4:32,34 Eyewitness).

Eyewitness: pp. 45,46
In your Bible: John 4:20-44

In Samaria, at Jacob’s well, Jesus spoke with a woman while all of the disciples except John went to buy food. Jesus’ encounter with this woman changed her life and her entire village.

Worship

The Samaritan woman mentioned that her people worship at Mount Gerizim and Jews at Jerusalem. Jesus commented, the place believers worship won’t be restricted to these two mountains. He continued… “The Father looks for true worship that is an expression from your spirit. God is Spirit, so those people who truly worship must do so in spirit” (John 4:23b, 24 Eyewitness).

[We know now, the Father is worshipped wherever the believer is—he is with us. Emmanuel.]

Savior of the World

Stunned by this statement, she needed more. The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming — the one who is called Anointed. When he comes, he will explain everything.” Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!” (John 4:25,26 Eyewitness). Again surprised by this, she could hardly speak. But she retired to her village and told them she’d met the Messiah! The villagers were very intrigued and anxious to meet Jesus.

The disciples returned with food and asked Jesus to eat. But he explained, “I have food that you know nothing about. “My food,” Jesus said, “is to do the will of him, who sent me, and to complete his work” (John 4:32,34 Eyewitness).

The villagers begged Jesus to stay with them and he did for two days. The people exclaimed, “Now we believe, not just because of what you {the woman] told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world” (John 4:42 Eyewitness).

Prayer: Father, you have known me since I was conceived. Thank you for living water so I can worship you in spirit and in truth. Amazing. Selah.

Questions: What is the connection between living water (water of life) and spiritual worship? How does congregating in a church for worship relate to personal worship with God anytime and anywhere you want.

This time of year we celebrate the coming of Immanuel. I wish for you a Very Merry Christmas.

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