Christ in Samaria

 

“The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people, ‘Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Messiah?’ They went out of the town and came to him. Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, ‘Rabbi, eat.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat of which you do not know.’ So the disciples said to one another, ‘Could someone have brought him something to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, ‘In four months the harvest will be here’? I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest. The reaper is already receiving his payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.’

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me everything I have done.’ When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.’” (John 4:28-42)

The Samaritan left her water pot at Jacob’s well and went into the city. She claimed to have met a man “who told her all things that she ever did.” Then she asked the citizens of the community: “this couldn’t be Christ, could it?”

The people of Sychar departed the city to Jacob’s well to find Him. Meanwhile the disciples attempted to persuade Jesus to eat of the food they had brought. The Lord knew that their education at this time was more important than His hunger. He explained: “I have nourishment that transcends me: to accomplish the plan for which God sent me.”

Jesus spent two days in Sychar teaching the honest people of the community. The evangelist said that many Samaritans believed in Jesus and they were prime subjects for evangelization. They believed initially based on the woman’s testimony. Women could not act as legal witnesses, but her testimony was so powerful that it transcended that cultural barrier. The Samaritans enjoyed two precious days with God because they kept asking Him to stay with them. They realized that Jesus was their Savior of the world. He was their Savior too!

The early Church noticed the success of the gospel among the Samaritans.

“With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing. For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice, came out of many possessed people, and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured. There was great joy in that city.”  (Acts 8:6-8)

“Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, 16for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.”  (Acts 8:14-17)

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  1. This is one of my favorite Bible stories….so rich in the meaning of Christ’s love and inclusiveness.

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