“Who is Jesus?” John 4:1-26 (Part 3 of 3)

Jesus is Messiah

We are learning from a very unlikely pair: a Samaritan woman coming to draw water in the heat of the day and a Jewish man resting from His walk over the land. A woman who is an outcast from the outcast and a teacher of Israel talk about living water. The man should be her enemy, but He tells her that God has sent a gift. She is concerned about her physical circumstances, but Jesus looks into her heart of hearts and promises her eternal refreshment. What more can we learn from them?

The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seek to be his worshipers. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The woman said to Him “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes He will declare all things to us.”

Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

It is here, at this moment that Jesus and the Samaritan woman finally speak about the same thing. Messiah, The Anointed One of God, has been the anticipation of the Jews (and Samaritans) for hundreds – thousands – of years. There is One who will come from the seed of woman to crush the head of Satan. A Prophet will come who is greater than Moses. A Deliverer will come. The Redeemer will provide. A Son of David will occupy the throne. The Suffering Servant, a Man of Sorrows, the Hope of His people, the Salvation of the daughter of Zion, an Intercessor for man. All of these titles and many more were prophesies about Jesus. He tells the woman – “I am He.”

This woman has one more problem to bring before a prophet: she wants to ask a religious question “Where should we worship?” She knows something about prophets and connects this with religion and worship. Jesus doesn’t answer this question either. This will not be her problem for very much longer because He is a Prophet, and He points forward to the future and to the truth as any prophet of God would do. The way to worship in Spirit and Truth is coming – it is here sitting with her. God has made a way for her to worship Him.

“Woman, believe Me,” Jesus says.

People are full of sin; God is holy, God sent a Mediator as a gift. When you admit your sinfulness to Him, Jesus will bring peace between you and God also.

“Woman, believe Me.”

Each one of us is born with a bad heart; God provided a Redeemer to give us a new one. If we just ask, like this woman could ask for living water, Jesus will wash you and give you a new heart. He has already paid for it on the cross when He bled and died because of your sins, if we believe Jesus is this Redeemer, our hearts are new.

“Woman, believe Me.”

Let’s back up a little bit. In verse 4, John told us that Jesus HAD to pass through Samaria. Many times we can hear Jesus saying that He came to earth to do the will of the Father God, so we can know that Jesus came to this well, at this specific time, to meet this woman as part of God’s will. She was the first person who knew for certain that Jesus was her Messiah. You can know this too. This is exactly what Jesus did for us. John 3:16, just the story ahead of this one says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus, God’s very own Son, is sitting here, talking to this woman, because God loved her. God loves you the same way.

Because God loves people – the whole world of people – God had a plan from the beginning of time and He sent His son Jesus. God loves you, Jesus came for you too. He is your Messiah.

“Woman, believe Me.”

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