Jesus is having a deeeeep discussion with a not-all-that-holy woman at a well. Yesterday, he revealed to her that he is the living water that satisfies our deepest need forever.
Today, he drops an even bigger bombshell:
He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
“I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
Who exactly is Jesus?
Isn’t it fascinating that the very first person to whom Jesus directly reveals that he is the Messiah is a broken and lonely woman from a nation reviled by God’s own peeps? It’s surprising. It’s shocking. It’s scandalous. But it’s true.
As we’ll see over and over and over, the broken and lonely are the ones most open to Jesus’ revolutionary message. The popular and powerful almost never are.
What exactly does he want us to do?
In Jesus’ own words: “Worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth.” Those are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
True worship isn’t external — it’s internal. It isn’t about places or buildings or rituals. It goes waaaaaay deeper than that to the very core of our being — to our very hearts, led by the Holy Spirit into the truth revealed by Jesus.
We’ll continue our journey deeper into that truth tomorrow.
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