Daily D – John 4:25-26
The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming,” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Jesus told her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”
JOHN 4:25-26 (CSB)
Here sat a Random Rabbi in the middle of the day. Here came a solitary Samaritan woman who preferred her own company to that of others. He initiated a conversation with a simple request. She parried his inquiry with points of style and custom. One thing led to another and she began to wonder if this Random Rabbi was truly greater than their common patriarch Jacob.
Then she determined the Random Rabbi was a prophet because he knew things about her that were beyond his knowing unless God had given him the answers. So, she stepped into the generational conflict between their two people groups regarding the correct place to worship. Of course, the Random Rabbi had an answer for that as well.
For a woman accustomed to outwitting others with her perceptions and knowledge, she began to see the Random Rabbi as greater than Jacob and more than a prophet. What option was left for who this man might be? She probed further.
“Between stimulus and response,” Viktor Frankl tells us, “there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
How did this Samaritan woman respond to this revelation from this no longer Random Rabbi?
“Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?’” (verses 28 and 29).
She chose wisely. Her correct choice led to many other correct choices.
“. . . this really is the Savior of the world,” (verse 42).
A Random Rabbi and a solitary woman had a conversation that changed a life, a town, and many eternal destinies. Everything changes when we see Jesus for who he is. Everything changes when we receive his grace and truth.
Where will you encounter Jesus today? May I suggest that you start with where you are?
I will see Jesus for who he is and help others do the same.
Our Father, thank you for meeting us where we are. Thank you for receiving us just as we are. Thank you for changing everything for the better for us and for those we relate to at home, at work, and at play. Amen.
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Psalm 23:3, 4 He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. (CSB)
Daniel 5:11 “There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the days of your predecessor he was found to have insight, intelligence, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, mediums, Chaldeans, and diviners. (CSB)
Daniel 1:20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and mediums in his entire kingdom. (CSB)