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January 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thoughts from John 4

    Written by Pastor Loraine  R. Taylor


She turned her head to the left and caught a glimpse of him in the shadows. He had grown tired and was sitting alone near the well. She had hoped no one would be there where she had come to draw water.

Not what she had expected, she had seen and been with many men but this man was different. As beautiful as she was, she could tell he was not attracted to her because of her beauty. She felt no need to try to impress him. It was as though he could see straight through her. How can anyone feel so comfortable and yet so uncomfortable at the same time? She could not understand what she felt but there was a need to hear what He had to say. It was as though she had an unprecedented opportunity of importance and she must take advantage of this moment.

The water pots were empty and the well was full but her soul was thirsty for more than a drink from this ordinary well. He had a way of helping her drift into deep conversation with him. If someone else had went where he had gone she would have told them off in a hurry. She had learned to hold her own and had on more than one occasion spoke her mind to those who spoke ill to her.

But not this man, he was different. He had no condemnation, nor did he have words of commendation. He just led her down a path of her past and her present that confronted and exposed her soul hunger.

She asked, are you the one, are you the Messiah? I know the Messiah is coming. Jesus answered her," I and he." Filled with jubilation at the thought of the long awaited and sought after Messiah, she left her water pots and ran to the city. There she met one after another who had fallen through the cracks of the religious system. Not much appreciation in the Jewish camp's for Samaritans. They had made it a practice to avoid each other lest they be filled and behave with contempt.

"Come see a man who has told me all things that I have ever done." What wasn't said but was expressed, is that mercy, love and acceptance prevailed. She felt was no prejudice, no arrogance and no pretense when He spoke. How refreshed she felt! He knew it all; all of her past, all of her losses, all of her failures, all of her fears, all of her dreams, everything; He knew it all yet He still loved her.

He had no stones to throw, although He could have been justified, for she had been an unholy woman as far as her morality. He had no words to pierce her already vulnerable heart. Yet, He spoke truth concerning her wayward living. He even told her," The man you are living with now is not your husband." From him those words were different. Funny how one can speak the same thing and produce guilt, hopelessness and fear, while another speaking the same words produces hope, repentance and excitement for the change.

She would tell you, she did not have it all figured out. However she knew she was in hot pursuit for someone who was right, someone who was good for her, someone who was not a taker, but a giver. She would not keep quiet about such a wonderful man and the good news He shared with her. Others would accept it or reject it but they had to be told. She left her water-pot there at the well. It’s amazing how unimportant some things are when you find what is the most important. She ran to the city and told the ones she met.

Many left the city and followed her back to hear the one of whom she had spoken. Many believed in Him not just because of her testimony but because they too had heard and experienced real love and real life for themselves. They too, would be about the business of telling everyone Jesus is the Messiah of God.

What about you? Have you seen the Messiah? Have you heard his love story ? Here it is...Romans 5:6-10 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,  namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

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