8 Jan. John 4:15-26

8 Jan. Jesus declares he is the 'Messiah'.

Jesus continued his conversation with the woman at the well in Samaria: "The woman said to him, 'Sir, give me this [living] water so I will never be thirsty again and will not have to come back here to get more water.'"

"Jesus told her, 'Go and get your husband and come back here.' The woman answered, 'I have no husband.' Jesus said to her, 'You are right to say you have no husband. You have had five husbands, and the man you live with now is not your husband.'"

"The woman said, "Sir, I see you are a prophet. Our [Samaritan] ancestors worshipped on this mountain [Mt Gerizim] but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where people must worship.'"

"Jesus said, 'The time is coming when neither in Jerusalem nor on this mountain will you actually worship the Father... The time is coming when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, and that time is here already.'"

"The woman said, 'I know that the Messiah [the Christ] is coming ... he will explain everything to us.' Jesus said, 'I am he - I, the one talking to you.'"

          (John 4:15-26)



When Jesus displayed a miraculous knowledge of the Samaritan woman's marital affairs, the woman realised that Jesus was a prophet. She pointed out that her Samaritan ancestors had worshipped in the Temple on Mt Gerizim while the Jews worshipped in the Temple at Jerusalem - where they believed God actually lived.

Jesus told her that a time was coming soon when true worshippers would not be restricted to worshipping in any one place as they could worship anywhere “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23). When God's Holy Spirit lives inside a follower of Jesus, it's easy to talk with God and share with him anywhere!

The woman said the promised 'Messiah' - the 'anointed one' – the 'Christ' – would explain everything when he came. Jesus replies, “I am he” (John 4:26).

When Jesus’s disciples returned from the village, they were surprised to find him speaking to a Samaritan, especially a woman! The woman left her heavy water jar and rushed back into town telling everyone about her encounter with Jesus. As a result, people flocked to hear Jesus and many believed his message of repentance and forgiveness. They urged him to stay, so he taught there for two days. (John 4:27-42)

The photo (by Someone35) shows Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, near Nablus in Samaria.

You can discover more about Samaria @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/…/jesus-passes-through-sam…/

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