Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jesus, you must be hungry

John 4:31-35: “In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, eat.’ 32 But He said to them, ‘I have food to eat of which you do not know.’ 33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, ‘Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?’ 34 Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!’”

After Jesus spent time with this Samaritan woman and showed her that He was the Christ, she went into her town and told everyone about the man who had just spent time with her. Jesus was spiritually satisfied. He reached out to a woman who was living a lifestyle of sin. The scriptures did not say why she was drawing water after the “normal” hour when all the other women drew water. Perhaps she was ashamed of her life. Possibly with her having many husbands and now living with a man outside of marriage, she did not want to hear the comments, or see the looks from the “synagogue crowd”. However, one thing was certain; she did not fit in to regular town life. Jesus likes to hang out with the abnormal, the ones who society rejects, and the people who are hurting, and are in need of a comforting touch.

Jesus was satisfied with the results. His hunger to reach out to a needy soul had been filled. He found sustenance in filling the empty hole that rested on this dear woman’s heart. The town saw a home wrecker, a fornicator, a troubled soul, or possibly a Jezebel. Jesus saw a precious child of God who was living a sinful life, and who needed a relationship with God. He told her, just as He had told Nicodemus, God is Spirit, it is not enough to be born of the womb, you must be born of the Spirit, that is “Born Again”. This was His mission to lead people to Himself. His disciples questioned Him about this. He told them just like in harvest time, you know when to pick the vegetables. Jesus said to them that this was the time to pick souls. They were ready to harvest; all they had to do was to go into the fields.

For the Christ follower those fields are still ready for the harvest. All that is needed is workers who will share Jesus with people. People like this women who are not perfect. She indeed was messed up, had five husbands and the man she was living with was not even her husband. She was looking for acceptance from all the wrong people. She was not going to get her life right until she found “Mister Right,” Jesus. This woman then went into the town and gathered many and she brought many people to Jesus because of her experience with the Savior. The scriptures say, “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, declaring, "He told me all that I ever did." It was because Jesus made a difference in this woman’s life that she went and told. The love and compassion that Jesus showed to this woman was transferred to an entire town. What a difference love can make! What a difference Jesus can make in the heart of someone like the woman at the well; she went and told others, will you?

Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: 11 Kings 9-11 New Testament John 5:1-24

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