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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

What can chase, replace, and erase? - Sinner turned Evangelist



Grace changes lives. The last two weeks we looked at these biblical accounts.

Part 1: Grace Chased Adam and Eve out of the garden

Part 2: Grace replaced Rahab from darkness to light

Today, we encounter Jesus as He pours out His grace on a Samaritan woman.

 First, the background. 

Samaritans were despised by the Jews because they were half Jew and half Gentile. 

They also worshiped idols. 

This woman was not only despised by Jews, but she was shunned by her own people. 

I've felt like her in the past.

Her shame was evident, she went to Jacob's well midday, not in the morning when all the women would get together and socialize as they retrieved water for the day.

 Her heart could no longer stand the snickers and the gossip-then she met Jesus  (Click to Tweet)

   John 4:4-42

 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.  Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.  The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.  Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.  Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is

coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”  They came out of the town and made their way toward him. 

Jesus knew her every sin. 

He knows our sin, the sin that so easily entangles. The sin that may be hidden even from us.
By Grace, He looked past the sin that leads to death and offered her life. 

What was her reaction?

She instantly believed that He was the Messiah.
She left her water jar and raced toward those who once shunned her, her guilt no longer a barrier. Her pain replaced with a love for those she hid her face from- those who gossiped about her!
She showed them the way to Jesus. She became an instant evangelist.
She was compelled to tell others about the grace giver.

 Do you feel ashamed of who you are or what you have done?
Let's drink from the living water and allow Gods Grace to erase the past and give us a new future.




From His fullness we have received grace upon grace John 1:16 ESV



How has God's grace changed you? Join the conversation.

4 comments:

Patty Schell said...

I love this story. This woman's story brought, and still brings, people to know Jesus. Each of us have a story to tell about our encounters with Jesus. Who knows the lives it will change. We need to refuse to be embarrassed or shy. Let's share our life changing encounters with others. Thanks for writing and reminding us of the power of stories.

CHERRILYNN BISBANO said...

Amen, Thank you for sharing. I wholeheartedly agree.

Beckie Lindsey said...

Even after rededicating my life to Christ, I was afraid to let others know the "real me". The Lord help me see something through stories like the woman at the well and even some women I have met. Others will see the remarkable work that Christ has done if we share it! According to Revelation 12:11, we can overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb AND the word of our testimony.
Our culture is dying for real. It's our job to show them real love, while being real.
Thanks for sharing.
In Christ's love,
Beckie

CHERRILYNN BISBANO said...

I was afraid to be real also. God is good to accept us as is but refuses to leave us this way. He wants to make us more like Jesus. Thank you for sharing I always appreciate your comments.