Super-duper-uber-schmooper late on this post (can you tell who has a son that loves Sid the Science Kid?) but here it is, a quick recap of this last week’s readings.
Day 1 John 3:1-21
This is the story of Nicodemus, the religious leader. It is also the first time we read about being “born again” and how vital it is.
“But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things?” verse 12
Nicodemus was a religious leader, a learned man of the Jewish teachings. Even he could not comprehend what Jesus was saying.
Day 2 John 3:22-36
“ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” verses 29-30
That is a wonderful analogy, isn’t it? We must remember that the church is not a particular denomination or building. The church is the fellowship of Christ’s followers. Why should we be upset if someone leaves our building because a teacher at a different building can help them understand the Scriptures better? We are not in competition with each other.
Day 3 John 4:1-15
This is the conversation with the Samaritan woman. You can see the Samaritan woman doesn’t trust Jesus because He is Jewish and there is great animosity between the two groups. But because He talks to her as another person, not with an “I’m better than you” attitude, she is willing to listen to Him.
Day 4 John 4:16-30
The Samaritan woman ran back to her village because she knew He was the promised Messiah. He knew about her past and current relationships. Having 5 husbands wasn’t necessarily something to be proud of. She may have been widowed 5 times, or she may have been divorced, or a combination. Knowing how the church can be in today’s culture regarding divorce, I would imagine she may have decided that getting married again wasn’t worth it. The “I can’t get divorced if I don’t get married” mentality, that’s used as a survival method of sorts.
But Jesus still knew everything about her past. He not only knew about her relationship (which as a stranger to her, how could He possibly know?) but He answered her question about the “proper” place to worship.
“Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” verses 21-24
Day 5 John 4:31-45
“The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.” verses 36-38
These verses to me seemed like an encouragement. That when we are telling others about Jesus Christ and they refuse to listen to us, that we should not be discouraged and give up. But rather we should see that we are planting seeds of truth, making that person (the field) ready for the one who will do the harvest, and the one who will water that seed of truth and see it become fruitful.
As I said, super-duper-uber-schmooper late. But I’m glad I was a bit late as it made me review everything again and I got a refresher of my own on what I learned. Until next time…