Posts Tagged ‘Samaritan’

4 Steps to Knowing who Jesus really Is

November 17, 2009

Staying in the WORD a bit longer than usually is what most people in this busy world are failing to coup up with. In this article I will show you how a busy Samaritan woman had a remarkable life changing encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ because she hanged about Him a bit longer.

In the Gospel according to Saint John we read of an extraordinary story of a Samaritan woman which met Jesus at the well and refused to give him water to drink because the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans (John 4:9). However as she conversed with the Lord her perception changed.

Her First Perception of Jesus

Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. (John 4:9 KJVR)

Her first perception of Jesus was that of an ordinary Jewish man. Although Jesus is the Word of God made manifest in human flesh most however think of him as just an ordinary Jewish man. And if they have no dealings with the Jews, that’s it; they forget about him and go on with their ever busy schedules. Nonetheless, the Samaritan woman hanged on to Jesus a bit longer and her first perception changed to the second perception.

Her Second Perception of Jesus

The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? (John 4:11-12 KJVR)

In the above we see that the woman is now addressing Jesus with some respect: Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. You see there are some in the world today who know that Jesus is not just an ordinary man, yet to them he still is no more than a Sir. They just consider him as one of the respected philosophers like Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Santayana and the quote him in the writings just like any other person learned in all the wisdom of the world, and mighty in words and in deeds. However when the Samaritan woman listened more attentively to this perceived great Jewish philosopher who she compared in greatness to Father Jacob Abrahams the son of the father of faith Abraham, she ended up changing her mind again.

Her Third Perception of Jesus

The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. (John 4:19 KJVR)

By this time in the conversation the woman realised that Jesus is not just a Jew who seeks to understand and explain the principles of existence and reality, but she perceives that he also a prophet. This is how far some have perceived Jesus to be: One of the prophets. To them he is equated with Mohammed the author of the Quran, or Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion, or even Merlin a magician who protects and counsels the young King Arthur. Yet for this woman of Samaria her insight was brightened even further than that of Jesus being only a prophet.

Her Forth Perception of Jesus

Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? (John 4:29 KJVR)

Prior to the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, Jesus’ disciples left him at the well whilst they went into the city to buy meat. By the time they came back from buying the meat, the woman had discerned that Jesus is the Christ. She then abandoned her water pot and dashed to the city to evangelize about her new findings. As a result there went out a multitude from the city that came and met with Jesus. Having listened to him personally they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, “Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”(John 4:41-42 KJVR)

My brothers, dare to stay in the Word of God a bit longer than usual. Some have discovered that Jesus is a healer. And others that he is a promoter, a provider, and a comforter. For some women he is the restorer of broken marriages, yet for me, he is the saviour of the Whole Wide Web users.


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