Sunday, March 23, 2014
Good afternoon friends,
Jesus and the Samaritan woman talk about worship, and Jesus tells her that he is the Messiah. He hasn't been that staightforward with anyone else before this point. It's remarkable that Jesus choses someone out Israel for this revelation. God is full of surprises, and the human categories that divide us don't mean anything to God. The passage is also a good reminder that worship is not about how or what we do, but about our spiritual connection with God.
19The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” 26Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.” 27Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?”