Prepare to Listen. Quietly pause and prepare to receive the Word. When ready, pray: Lead me in your truth, and teach me.
Prayerfully Read John 4:39-42
39Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’ 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there for two days. 41And many more believed because of his word. 42They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.’
The Samaritan woman is the first person in John to testify about Jesus and what he’d done for her. Her words to the people of the city (v29), summarized as “He told me everything I ever did,” were surely an exaggeration! Jesus revealed he knew about her track record with husbands (v18) and nothing else. But that was enough to convince her and she became a witness to Jesus. Her people believed in Jesus because of her words, and invited him to stay with them, in their homes, sharing their stuff.
“(Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans,)” so John said (v9). This Jew, Jesus, did. And his disciples were forced too as well. They shared the same food, utensils, whatever, with a people they’d been taught to avoid. Following Jesus forces us to change our behavior towards the ones we’d prefer to avoid. If we come and see Jesus, our lives will be transformed into something almost unrecognizable. And when people begin to see and hear Jesus in us, our words will no longer matter. Others will believe, not because of what we said, but because they heard from Jesus and will know he is “the Savior of the world.”
What did you see that surprised, perplexed, confused, delighted you?
Respond to Jesus
Jesus you broke down barriers, ignoring the norms. You shared things in common with Samaritans. May I live today so that people experience you in this way, hearing and seeing you in me. Amen.
Go live obediently in the world. Let Jesus be seen and heard in you.
Reflection on Scripture has been a constant in my life ever since I can remember. Reflecting on Jesus in the Gospels has become a necessity to get Jesus right. Join me in reading John to see Jesus more clearly this Lent.