21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 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. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
In these couple of verses Jesus is speaking to a Samaritan woman who had five husbands (John 4:18). Not only was it shameful to be divorced once – but five times, plus it was taboo for a Jew to be talking to a Samaritan. So, for Jesus (a Jew) to speak to her, a (Samaritan) woman who had five husbands would be unheard of. And not only did Jesus speak to her, he also offered her living water, which is a metaphor for salvation. Jesus then continues to declare, that even she, a Samaritan woman who had five husbands can be a true worshiper who worships in Spirit and in Truth.
What an encouraging story and the message still rings true today. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you did, the same living water that was offered to the Samaritan woman is available to you and me. What a gift!
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for someone you may know who is in need of physical healing.