Sunday, Second Week of Epiphany January 17

Text: John 4:27-42, The Woman at the Well

Specifically: John 4:29 – “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”

Prayer Pointer: Like the woman at the well,

pray for opportunities to invite others to come and converse with God and

hear His wisdom.

I sometimes wonder why the woman at the well told others that Christ had told her everything that she ever did. When you look at what He said to her in verse 18, he merely mentioned her past and present husbands. That hardly qualifies for ALL things she ever did. So, did this woman lie? Yes and no.

Yes, in the sense that Christ did not actually minutely detail the many sins of her whole life. He spoke a few words, and in that moment, the many sins of her whole life are placed before her and her conscience is convicted. The man in front of her revealed that he knew all her thoughts, words and actions. In that case, she did not lie.

The power that Christ’s words had upon this woman made such an impression that she does not spare herself or her reputation by inviting others to come and see Him. By doing this, she basically confessed to the world around her, “Come see a man that has told me of my sins.” She focuses on the part of her encounter with Christ that most of us would probably be most reluctant to repeat.

What makes this woman so zealous and anxious for others to see and hear this man’s wisdom? First, she wanted others to experience the power in His words that convicted her. Second, since Christ did not rebuke or reprove her. She wanted others to experience the grace that she received.

One final point. The woman does not impose her faith on others by proclaiming, “He is the Messiah.” Instead, she mentions that He might be, suggesting others see and hear for themselves to make up their own minds. Her strategy bears fruit as seen in verse 39: “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.”

I leave you with this hymn refrain:

Grace, grace, God’s grace. Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

Grace, grace, God’s grace, Grace that is greater than all our sin!

~ Chris Wethman

Lay Minister of Administration


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