S (Scripture): John 4:39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the report of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they began asking him to stay with them. He stayed there two days, 41 and because of his word many more believed. 42 They said to the woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this one really is the Savior of the world.”
O (Observation): Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well was the beginning of a movement. He engaged in conversation with one woman who became a witness to her family and friends about Jesus being the Messiah – the Messiah of the whole world.
Here is what my commentary says today:
There is irony in the Samaritans’ declaration that Jesus was really the Savior of the world, an irony foreshadowed in the prologue to the Fourth Gospel (1:11): “He came to his own, and his own did not receive him.” Yet the Samaritans welcomed Jesus and proclaimed him to be not the Jewish Messiah only, but the Savior of the world.
A (Application): Word of the Messiah spread fast…and beyond the Jewish cultural boundaries…but should we be so surprised?
As I’ve said many times, God has always loved the whole world, but for a time, God showed the whole world what love looks like by making a covenant with Israel and loving Israel despite all its faults and foibles. Then, after generations of disloyalty, God comes back to God’s people and the whole world in the person of Jesus.
Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel and to the world. Jesus shows the world what love looks like. And the Holy Spirit connects us more now than ever before.
Are you good at gathering people together? Are you good at sharing the story of God? Are you more likely to believe rather than spread the Good News? We all have different gifts. Use yours to the fullest.
P (Prayer): Lord, I am gifted by your Spirit. Help me to spread the word of your gracious love. Amen.