Sunday, August 23, 2009
Christ, the Savior
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word.
42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
John 4:25-26, 28-30, & 39-42, New King James Version
Christ, the Savior
Christ was expected! Even the Samaritans were looking for His appearance. Jews were not to mingle with Samaritans, and yet, as in the case of this Samaritan woman, Samaritans were often more ready to accept Christ than were many of the Jews.
Jesus sat down by a well to await the arrival of the disciples when a Samaritan woman came to fill her water pot. When He asked her for a drink of water, she was amazed that He would even speak to her because she was a Samaritan. As the conversation continued, Jesus told her that He could give her living water.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Imagine her surprise, then, when she admitted that she knew the Messiah was coming, that He responded by saying, “I who speak to you am He.” It did not take her long to return to the village and call for all of her friends and neighbors to come hear this man, asking the question, "Could this be the Christ?"
Many Samaritans responded to Christ's words, and urged Christ to stay there longer. After spending two days among them many believed in Him.
Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
No one is beyond the scope of Christ's salvation! No matter who one is, or what one may have done, Christ's invitation to come to Him is open to all.
Just think of that for a moment. How many people in your life do you consider not savable? For how many do you no longer pray, because you do not believe they will ever come to Christ, or even worse, you do not believe they deserve Christ?
Christ, the Savior, came to this earth to save a people for himself. Those people will come from all nations, and from all walks of life. Pray, today, that the Lord of the Harvest will have many laborers, including us, who will faithfully proclaim Christ through their actions as well as their words, and faithfully pray for unbelieving family and friends.
God Bless You,