Daily D – John 4:25-26

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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)

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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. 

“Believe me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. . . . But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth,” (verses 21 and 22). 

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. 

“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.”

“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. 

“Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of what the woman said . . .” (verse 39). The Samaritans asked Jesus to stay and he obliged by staying for two days. “Many more believed because of what he said,” (verse 41). 

“. . . 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?

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I will see Jesus for who he is and help others do the same.

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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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