I am always surprised at what people claim the Bible does or does not say. Many people have a huge misunderstanding about the things Jesus said and did as they are recorded in the Bible. There is a whole discipline by scholars who eliminate things from the Bible, but I am not referencing them. I am thinking of the average person and what they think about Jesus.
John 4:25-16 (ESV)
25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
The Bible is a narrative unfolding the story of God and His people. We see God creating and that He pauses and sees that His creation is good. Adam and Eve are placed in the garden. All is well until Adam and Eve disobey God and decide to do as they please rather than as God has determined. This brings sin and death into the world. We are all living with the consequences of this first rebellious act. From the very beginning, God promises a plan of redemption. The Old Testament narrates the history of God’s plan to restore all things. The plan of redemption includes the promise of a Messiah. There would be one coming who would change everything. Apparently, the Samaritan theology also included these promises.
The Samaritan woman has this conversation with Jesus that includes the progression of several topics. In the conversation, Jesus reveals that He knows the history of her marriages and relationships. It would have been unlikely that He could have naturally learned of her history. She recognizes this. He has approached her, which is outside of acceptable. He has spoken with her about the living water that He offers. He has made a statement about worship, which I think is meant to include her. She recognizes that there are still unanswered questions about these things. She is a woman and part of a disaffected people group. She verbalizes the truth that all things would someday be answered by the Messiah.
Jesus responds to her by confirming that He is the Messiah, the promised one. Some people claim that Jesus was just a good teacher and never claimed to be God. These are the people that I wonder if they have ever read the things He said. He was controversial and countercultural at every step. He claimed to be the Messiah more than once. This is one of those places. If Jesus is/was the Messiah, He can not be ignored. He must be accepted or rejected. The plan for the redemption and restoration of all things hinges on Jesus. We can be part of redemption and restoration if we will bow our hearts before Him, recognized Him for who is and what He has done, ask for forgiveness, repent, and follow Him.
The Samaritan woman did….we will see the next part of her journey in a future blog.
Will you join her?