Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Good Samaritans (Part 4, Conclusion)
Women at the Well
The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 'Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?' Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
John 4:28-30 (NKJV)
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified... And many more believed because of His Own Word. Then they said to the woman,... 'We know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.'
John 4:39-42 (NKJV)
I believe the story of the Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42) contains some of Jesus' most important end-time messages. With 42 verses, it covers more Gospel geography than His longest parable.
Once again, we focus on Samaritans--cultural relatives and arch enemies to the Jews. Samaritans were considered heretics and idol-worshippers.
But consider this: other than a handful of His Own disciples, a large group of Samaritans recognized the divinity of Jesus well in advance of His chosen people, the Jews.
His conversation with the woman at the well caused a two-day, city-wide evangelism event. The character of the woman set the stage for their ground-breaking recognition of Jesus as Messiah. So what was she like?
She was bold with a lively wit. She was a truth seeker and a truth teller. She passed the test in admitting to living with a man who was not her husband. She was eager for change, and she believed.
No miracles were reported in Jesus' two-day visit to the Samarian city of Sychar. Their faith stands in opposition to His Own people, of whom Jesus says, 'Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe' (John 4:48).
Of the Samaritans we might say, 'Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed' (John 20:29).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: Never underestimate the bold, smart, truth-seeking, truth-telling non-Christians in Hollywood. Not even the ones who are lively sinners. Because among them are good Samaritans--those who are eager and fair-minded. Consider them women at the well. Consider them open to a life-changing encounter.
A revolution of light is closer than you think. By representing the true nature of Christ, you help usher it in.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Good Samaritans series.