Day 214/260: Read John 4
When Jesus passed through Samaria with His disciples, He spoke with a woman of Samaria at Jacob’s well. This surprised the woman; John explained, “For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.” But Jesus was more than a Jew, and the woman was more than a Samaritan. She was a soul, and Jesus was a soul-winner.
When the disciples returned from their errand and saw the Lord speaking to her, they “marveled,” wondering why He was talking to her. She then goes to the men of the city, and Jesus has a discussion with the disciples about the harvest.
“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”
When Jesus issued the Great Commission to these men, he told them to go everywhere. They were to begin where they were—in Jerusalem—but they were not to stay there. He said they should “be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Jesus showed them in the fourth chapter of John that all souls everywhere mattered to Him.
Do they matter to us?
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
John 1:1. In the ________________ was the Word, and the Word was with ________________, and the Word was ________________.
Pray for opportunities to share the gospel with someone who does not look like you, talk like you, or act like you.
As Jesus and His disciples traveled from Judea to Galilee, the Lord stopped at Jacob’s well in Samaria to rest while the disciples continued to the city to purchase food. It is recorded in John 4 that He conversed with the Samaritan woman, explaining to her that God seeks people to worship Him “in spirit and truth,” and revealing to her His Messianic identity. The Lord was so engrossed in this conversation, that He refused the food the disciples brought back to Him. He told them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”
The woman was so excited about Jesus that she left her waterpot behind, going back to the city and declaring, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
Twenty-first century Christians need to be as excited about the words of Jesus as this first century Samaritan woman. We need to be telling of His love and grace and mercy and forgiveness to anyone within earshot.
The Scriptures tell us that “many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman.” She was willing to tell others what she knew, and lead them to the Lord. When the Samaritans came to Him and learned from Him, “many more believed because of His own word.”
What can we learn from this? Start by putting it into your own words. Who is Jesus? What has He done? What can He do? Then, as your friends’ interest is piqued, lead them to learn from “His own word.” Help them learn about the redemption offered by the Father to all through the blood of His Son, using the Scriptures.
Everyone needs the gospel. Everyone needs the blood of Christ. Everyone needs someone to be excited enough and to love them enough to teach them the truth.