Jesus Messiah – Jesus Christ (John 4:7-26)

[Update: I had an epiphany during the wee hours of the night.  An epiphany is defined as “a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, home,  or commonplace occurrence or experience.” (Dictionary.com, LLC. Copyright © 2010)

I am in a relationship with Jesus Christ – Messiah even better than the Samaritan woman at the well.  I know Jesus as He and God have revealed  in Scripture.  I know Him as my Savior and Anointed King.  Jesus said, “Woman, believe Me…” and I have.  What a gift.  What a joy. What an “everlasting well of water springing up to eternal life!”]

I have gotten stuck on this passage of scripture. Perhaps it is because we are in the anticipation season to celebrate the arrival of the Incarnate Jesus; maybe I need some time to wonder if I would have summoned the boldness of the Samaritan woman and ask questions of this Man; I want to fully experience the gift of God in the person of Jesus, but I find that I pause to marvel at the mind of God to conceive of such a plan to reconcile sinners to Himself.

Jesus’ teaching in conversation with the Samaritan woman begins with his statement that if she knew the gift of God she would ask for living water; it ends with His revelation of the appearing of Messiah – The Anointed One of God – sitting and speaking with her. We are not told if this woman made a profession of faith in who Jesus claimed to be. I don’t think that is the point of this account. John, the writer, tells us his specific purpose in choosing the events written down, “These have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31) Earlier in John we are told, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” We don’t usually go on to the following verses. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged, he who does not believe has been judged already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:16-19)

“The gift of God” occurs numerous times in the Scriptures. In Psalm 127:3 children are a gift of the Lord. Ecclesiastes 3:13 and 5:19 celebrate that the fruits of a man’s labor and the ability to enjoy them are a gift of God. Luke 11:13 introduces Jesus’ teaching that the Holy Spirit would be given as a gift from the heavenly Father, and Acts documents the receipt of this gift. Romans 3, 5, and 6 are Paul’s working out of the very situation Jesus and the Samaritan woman illustrate – the wages of Adam’s sin, inherited by all, are the condemnation to death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ (Messiah) Jesus our Lord. 1 Corinthians 12-14 describe the various spiritual gifts that are given to benefit the life and growth of the body of Jesus, The Church. Ephesians once again connects our salvation to faith in the new life brought by Jesus Christ, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, ‘When He ascended on High, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.'”

And truly, Christ’s gift, His coming to earth, His walk of obedience, His death and the bearing of God’s wrath for my sin, His grace to me a sinner, His resurrection and the new life imputed to me – how can this be measured? What does it mean to my daily life to be reconciled with God? How do I respond to such a gift but to become captive to The Anointed One of God.

“Woman, believe Me…”

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lance Ponder
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 23:59:26

    That’s not a bad place to be stuck a while. A lot there.

    Reply

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